Best New Mural

"Three Kings and a Queen," Charles Key

Nashville murals are like TED Talks. There are too damn many of them, and you have to trudge through a lot of mediocrity to find the gold. But one local mural stands out this year as important. Near Lafayette Street and Murfreesboro Pike, Charles Key painted portraits of George Floyd, Breonna Taylor, Jocques Clemmons and Daniel Hambrick — the latter two were shot and killed by Metro Nashville police officers in the past three years. With months-long protests against systemic racism and police violence roiling the nation, Floyd and Taylor have become symbols for social change. We’re grateful that Key has paid tribute to those two, but also that he remembered Clemmons and Hambrick. It reminds us that national conversations should always lead us back home. ERICA CICCARONE

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