Big Roundabout, Big Sculpture, And Nashville’s Biggest Pricetag To Date For Public Art

It’s bigger than the dancing nudes near Music Row, more expensive than the curving red sculpture next to LP Field, but no one yet knows when it will be built and installed.

The $750,000 piece of art is slated for the large new roundabout behind the Music City Center, where 8th Avenue crosses Korean Veteran’s Boulevard. Los Angeles artist Christian Moeller’s winning design calls for filling the large, circular space with 35 cedar rods, each twice as tall as a telephone pole.

With downtown growing in the direction of that intersection, Arts Commission director Jen Cole says the art needs to be on a scale to balance any future construction-and it has to be interesting from all angles, including overhead.

“That area is zoned for 30 story buildings. Somebody’s going to look out of their office, and we want them to see something exciting.”

But the land underneath the roundabout still belongs to the state, not Metro. There are legal issues to work out before installation can be scheduled. Cole isn’t willing to even guess at a timeline.

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