Music City Beat
Nashville's Music City Center opens in just two months, and it is an impressive building.
Now the focus is on the inside. Dozens of artists have begun hanging paintings, murals, and sculptures throughout the building.
Nashville's new convention center is unquestionably a big building.
Jamaal Sheats wants it to represent the city he calls home.
"Kind of a welcome to Music City," says Sheats.
Sheats has created eight aluminum panels, each with a Nashville theme, that hang outside the convention center's ballroom.
He's one of about 80 artists whose work will be inside the Music City Center. Many of them are from Nashville and Middle Tennessee.
The architecture of this building is what makes it impressive on the outside, and the staff here wants it to impress on the inside as well.
"Allow the local residents to bring their guests here to show this building off, and to show the creative energy that is certainly flourishing in Nashville, Tennessee," says MCC Art Consultant Rich Boyd.
The center's art consultant says the pieces will range in size.
The largest is the new tile mural that spans the 6th Avenue tunnel under the building. It is meant to represent the seasons in Nashville.
Boyd believes the Music City Center will have more artwork than any other convention center in the U.S.
"It is a broad collection and a very diverse subject matter," says Boyd.
Aaron Stephan has created a large piece called "Composition."
It features musical instruments cast from plastic, and is designed to resemble a model kit.
Stephan says while conventions come and go, the art stays the same.
"Gives you these different little moments within a really large building where you can kind of sit, stop, look at some artwork, and kind of have a point of interest," says Aaron Stephan.
It's artwork the public can see for themselves in just two months.
The convention center authority spent about two million dollars to acquire and commission the art.
The installation will continue over the next several weeks.
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