Nashville “Wings” Muralist Makes New Franklin Mural

Kelsey Montague Mural Franklin
photo by Donna Vissman

Kelsey Montague, the artist who created the iconic  “Wings” mural in Nashville’s Gulch neighborhood has completed a new mural in Franklin at McEwen Northside.

Completed Monday morning, the new interactive mural is located on the side of Vintage Vine 100 at Northside McEwen facing North Italia, 4051 Aspen Grove Drive, Franklin.

Unlike the wings or balloon murals typical of Montague, this one consists of three colorful kites on a green background. In the left corner is has #McEwenNorth, #WhatLiftsYou, and @KelseyMontague.

“When the world has settled again, this mural will represent what I always want to ask: ‘What Lifts You?’” Montague said in a release. “These kites will be uplifting and fun images that hopefully stop people in their tracks and get them to reflect on what is most important to them. But right now, in the midst of a pandemic, kites are metaphors for hope – something we have to keep hanging on to. There is a light at the end of the tunnel. We just have to keep hanging on.”

Marina Murphy with Boyle Investment Company stated,“Art in all its forms is an essential part of the human experience, and we are proud to not only support public art but also give our McEwen Northside residents and patrons the opportunity to interact with such a conversational piece,” said Marina Murphy, marketing director for Boyle Investment Company, who have partnered with Northwood Ravin to develop McEwen. “The McEwen Northside district was designed to be a neighborhood that fosters a sense of community, and Kelsey’s newest mural brings that experience to life.”

Montague gained notoriety when she first painted white wings on a black wall in New York City where Taylor Swift took a photograph. From there, she’s painted murals all over the country including a commissioned piece for Taylor Swift in Nashville back in 2019 for an album release.

Montague shared via Instagram, “Another mural I’ve wanted to do for a long time is now finished!! Located at @mcewennorthside”


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