by Caroline Vincent, Director of Public Art, Metro Nashville Arts Commission

Artist Christian Moeller has begun installation of Metro Arts’ newest public art commission Stix. Planned for the roundabout of Korean Veterans Boulevard adjacent to the Music City Center, the artwork should be completed during October.

The artwork will be 73.5 feet tall and made of 27 wooden poles. They will be spaced in an irregular pattern throughout the surface area of the roundabout. The verticality of the poles will vary between 0º–15º from its center axis. The poles will be made of red cedar and will be painted in stripes of various heights in five different colors: red, orange, light blue, dark blue, and light green. Fifteen up-lights will be embedded into the landscaping to light up the sculpture at night and will result in a vibrant display of color, light, and shadow.

Christian Moeller | Stix | 2015 | Painted native hardwood poles 27 poles 70' each installed within 150'

Christian Moeller | Stix | 2015 | Painted native hardwood poles | 27 poles 70′ each installed within 150′

Moeller says of the work, “When I first saw the project site during my visit to Nashville, my immediate reaction was to do something very tall, with good visibility from afar. It was suggested that the proposed artwork should be highly iconic, keeping in mind that not every piece of public art in the ‘Music City’ of Nashville needs to directly refer to its omnipresent musical past and present.”

Stix occupies almost the entirety of the available space and creates an overall volume of urban dimensions. Moeller further explains,“Instead of developing an artwork for the roundabout, my goal became to turn the entire roundabout into an artwork. The result is a large structural piece characterized by color with unlimited 360º viewing angles, making the journey around this roundabout an exciting visual experience.”

Artist Christian Moeller is a professor in the Department of Design/Media Arts at the University of California-Los Angeles (UCLA) and has a studio in Silver Lake, California.

For more information on this and other public art projects, please visit on your mobile device ExploreNashvilleArt.com or from your desktop publicart.nashville.gov. To see more renderings of what the final installation will look like, visit www.nashvillearts.com.

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