The 6th Avenue Mural Project in Knoxville is the kind of place that will make you fall in love with color again. In a trend landscape that praises stark minimalism, this project that celebrates the historical neighborhoods of Knoxville is refreshing. It's also a great free thing to do on a pretty afternoon in the city.
Artist Per-Ole Lind is the man responsible for the beautification of the underpass on 6th. I'm obsessed with this kind of public work. Taking something that is quite literally passed over and turning it into a destination for tourists and locals alike is huge. The best part of the work, other than the obvious typographic talent, is that it highlights the fact that Knoxville has very distinct neighborhoods. For being such a small city, we have so many communities and townships within the official limits of Knoxville proper.
I get pretty tired of seeing the same white walls as the backdrop to every popular post on Instagram. Projects like this reignite my love of color and vibrance. I may not always dress so colorfully, but in art and design it is definitely what I gravitate towards.
If you want to visit the mural project for yourself, it is super easy to find. You can either hop off of 1-40 East on the Hall of Fame exit or follow Henley Street to North Broadway and turn right on Glenwood until you run into 6th Avenue.