This month we continue our preview of the art set to adorn the Music City Center by introducing the work of Benjamin Ball and Gaston Nogues, of Ball-Nogues Studio in Los Angeles, and Alicia Henry from Nashville. Ball-Nogues Studio is creating Euphony, a cascading curtain of individual lengths of metallic bead chain hanging under self-weight to form a matrix of catenary curves. Euphony will be attached inside the east concourse of the building facing the Omni Nashville Hotel and will be nearly 140 feet high.
According to Brian Downey, Art Consultant for the Music City Center,
“Euphony is the largest suspended installation in the entire Music City Center and will be an incredibly dramatic element of this building. You can ride the escalators to every floor and literally travel the entire length of the piece, seeing it from every possible angle.”
Nashville artist Alicia Henry, an associate professor at Fisk University, examines culture, gender, race, and societal differences in her detailed work. For the Music City Center, Alicia will create a multi-panel wall installation, Intimacy and Peace, which explores the themes of her title. The work is mixed media composed of dyes, stains, fabrics, wood, clay, and yarn on canvas and wood panels and will be on level one of the east concourse.
“As a local artist, Alicia has received a lot of attention and exposure from the Nashville arts community,” says Downey. “Anyone who is a fan of her work will be very excited to see it showcased on such a grand scale.”