If you have visited the Gulch in Nashville, you might have seen the “Wings” mural on 11th Avenue South -one of the most photographed areas in Nashville.

The inspirational piece was designed by Kelsey Montague. Montague studied in Florence, Italy after graduating from Richmond University in London with a degree in Art, Design, & Media.

The “What Lifts You” mural in Nashville is Montague’s largest wing project measuring 20 feet high. On her website, Montague writes it took 60 paint pens to complete the wings. With a belief that art should invite people into an experience and is one to be shared, Montague has become an internationally known artist, creating murals all over the world.

Montague even created a smaller replica of the Nashville wings for country artist Eric Paslay to take on tour for fans to pose in front of. Montague also partnered with Gap during the holiday season for a limited edition jacket featuring the wings. Fans of the wings can even buy Montague’s adult coloring book titled “What Lifts You Up” featuring her murals.

Another mural created by Montague can be found in Franklin. But you won’t find it on the street; it is inside the newly opened DeAngelis Diamond office in Franklin. The construction firm commissioned Montague to create a mural in their employee cafe.

We spoke to Montague regarding the installation inside the Franklin office, “Whether it’s public or private I love changing a space to reflect the creativity of the community surrounding it. Office spaces, in particular, can use art to help inspire and attract new talent.”

DeAngelis Diamond“The mural in the Café we absolutely love. We knew immediately when we made the decision to open an office in the Franklin/Nashville area that we wanted to have an authentic connection with the community and one way we could do that in a very emotional and human way is through art and especially street art. Street art inspires us in a unique way that represents a community’s culture, energy and life,” said David Diamond, co-founder of DeAngelis Diamond.

“We wanted to share in that connection with Franklin/Nashville. We began looking for local street art while we were searching for our new office location and came across these incredible wings in The Gulch. The artist’s signature and hashtag Kelsey Montague was on her work and we contacted her. We asked her if she could design a mural that could represent the culture of the community. We were honored that Kelsey accepted the request.”

About DeAngelis Diamond

DeAngelis Diamond Construction, Inc. was founded by David Diamond and John DeAngelis in 1996. The company is based on seven core values: Faith in God, Honor to Build, Lasting Relationships, Excellence & Quality, Leadership, Healthy Environment, Culture and Integrity. Whatever the scope or scale of the project, the corporate mission remains the same.

Learn more about DeAngelis Diamond Construction on their website. 

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