Monday, August 6, 2012

Chattanooga Urban Art

Chattanooga's resurrection from its dirty industrial past has been going on since the 1980s, and it's long gone hand in hand with the vibrant local art scene. Before Chattanooga had the fastest internet in the country, was branded Gig City, or even built the Tennessee Aquarium, there was art helping to beautify blighted neighborhoods and bring pedestrians back to business centers by making the streets playful and interesting and filling up vacant space with galleries. The arts helped bring North Chattanooga around in the 1990s, transformed the Southside in the early 2000's, and now are being put to use in East Chattanooga by Glass House Collective. So it's no surprise that everywhere you go in Chattanooga, there is a good chance a sculpture or art installation is waiting just around the corner. Here are just a few that are waiting for you:

Sculpture by the Walnut Street Bridge

Yarnbombed trees by Olga de Klein
Copyright © Roses Watson Taylor
- Creative Commons.
A giant sculpture overlooking the Walnut Street pedestrian bridge
and the Tennessee Aquarium
Copyright © Ozmopolitan
- Creative Commons.
These metal silhouettes can be seen all over downtown,
the Bluff View Art District and along the River Walk
Copyright © John.P
- Creative Commons.
Detail from a fence in the Bluff View Art District
overlooking the Tennessee River
Copyright © Madding Crowd
- Creative Commons.
A horse sculpture outside the Hunter Museum
Copyright © Madding Crowd
- Creative Commons.
A sculpture on the Southside's Main Street
Copyright © Madding Crowd
- Creative Commons.