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8 Things You Need to Know About Nashville's Stix Sculpture

Some fun facts about the impossible-to-miss sculpture at the Korean Vets Blvd roundabout.

Written By:  Elizabeth Ann Stewart & Micah Bradley

Photographers:  The Tennessean

8 Things You Need To Know About Nashville’s Stix Sculpture

Ever wonder about the massive pole arrangement on the 8th Avenue / Korean Veterans Blvd roundabout? This vibrant sculpture--reminiscent of a Seussian forest—was installed in the fall of 2015 by the Metro Arts Commission. Next time you enjoy a 360 drive around this large piece of public art, here are a few things you should know about Nashville’s Stix.

The poles are made entirely of red cedar wood and the green space is made of native grasses. Artist Christian Moeller was inspired by colors of Native American artwork and those who originally inhabited the city. (Update: the sculpture is not meant to be representative of or tied to Native American artwork, sorry for any confusion).

Coming in at 750K, Stix is the most expensive public art piece ever in Nashville.

The artist, Christian Moeller, has an extensive history of creating public art; his work has also been displayed at the Changi Airport  in Singapore, London's Science Museum, and SEATAC Airport in Seattle, among other locations.

To stand, each pole required a hole 15 feet deep, which had to be drilled through Tennessee limestone.

Because of the sheer size, the installation process was unusual—local electric company, Rains Electric, served as the contractor for the job, rather than having the artist install the work.

By the numbers: The 70-foot-tall piece is made up of 27 wooden poles, which vary in tilt from 0 to 15 degrees and are lit by 15 up-lights.

The contemporary art piece is often likened to arrows fallen from the sky or tumbling horse jumping rails.

Artist, Moeller, is a native of Germany who currently works at the University of California-Los Angeles.

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