by Caroline Vincent, Director of Public Art

The musical and literary soundscape of Nashville just became a little richer. Earlier this summer, Metro Arts commissioned seven talented, Nashville-based writers, musicians, and sound artists to look for inspiration within the public art collection, resulting in new works based on a public artwork.

Light Meander by Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan

Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan | Light Meander | 2015 | Stainless steel plate and tube, hardwood, color-changing LED strip lights, and acrylic rod | 45’ x 3’ x 1’ – Photograph by Stacey Irvin

The new compositions can be found on under Soundcrawl. You are encouraged to visit each of the artworks and experience the compositions while you view the artworks. It’s a rich auditory experience, ranging from Chance Chambers’ poem about what can transpire over the air waves, inspired by On Air, to Robbie Lynn Hunsinger actually playing the sculpture Tool Fire as an instrument, resulting in a somber work that takes you back to those two days in 2010 when the rain just wouldn’t stop. Joe Nolan’s upbeat “Rockin’ Mockingbird” “celebrates the joy of making music.” Catherine Moore said of her work, “‘Wasioto’ [wah- see-OH-tuh], the Native American name for the Cumberland River, is part poetry, part narrative braided with separate ideas and voices.”

Sara Estes’s short story, based on an exploratory adventure on the Cumberland River, was inspired by Light Meander. An excerpt: “I wondered if one day we might lose these terms entirely, words that articulate the nuances and specificities of the natural world. Language has a Darwinian way of anointing things, of signaling what we hold dear and what we deem worthy of carrying into the future. If we forget how to talk about nature, perhaps we will forget about nature itself.” Read Estes’s complete story online.

Two classical compositions by William Moon, inspired by Emergence, and Christopher Farrell’s Thread & Needle Now round out the group.

Cumberland River to use copy

View of the Cumberland River – Photograph by Sara Estes

This project was supported in part by the Bonnaroo Works Fund and the Community Foundation of Middle Tennessee. For more information on this and other public art projects, please visit on your mobile device or from your desktop www.

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