Mural being donated, location sought

Hi Valerie,

Tanner here – we met two years ago to talk about the Parkridge (6th Avenue) mural project.

I’m currently serving a second term on the Greenways Commission, so I think about greenways a lot.

So, when an opportunity for Knoxville arose concerning a mural installation being donated to the city, free of cost except for needing an installation site, I immediately thought of our city greenways.

For a few months, folks have been brainstorming possible sites from all across town. Private property, public property, etc.

Consensus seems to be it’s too hard to get a public property site, especially if the site belongs to TDOT.

My pet favorite idea was at the CHM University Commons site.

I tagged Deputy Director of Redevelopment Dawn Foster in on that idea, but I just had another idea that I wanted to run by you.

There’s a small retaining wall near University Commons on Third Creek Greenway.

I think it’d make a nice installation site; here it is in Google Street View:

I’m interested in it because I do not think the wall is owned or maintained by TDOT, and it seems to have a problem with graffiti that someone (City crews?) comes out and does maintenance. Part of the motivation for the 6th avenue mural project was to deter graffiti.

I’m now wondering if the wall belongs to the City and is maintained by Parks & Rec, and thought you might be the best person to ask.

The advantage here is the muralist would not need approval from TDOT if it’s not TDOT property – this was a major hurdle for the 6th Avenue Mural project.

If it belongs to the city, can you recommend steps to take for seeing about securing the site for installation of a mural highlighting the region’s unique biodiversity?

The proposed mural subject for Knoxville is the pink-mucket pearly mussel, a native freshwater clam.

I’m forwarding my earlier correspondence with Dawn Michelle Foster below, which has more background information on the project proposal and the muralist.



Tanner M. Jessel
Information Technology Specialist
Center for Renewable Carbon

The University of Tennessee
Institute of Agriculture
Center for Renewable Carbon
Mail: 2506 Jacob Drive
865-946-1162 (o)
865-946-1109 (f)

About Tanner Jessel

I am a recent M.S. in Information Science graduate from the University of Tennessee School of Information Science. I was formerly a graduate research assistant funded by DataONE (Data Observation Network for Earth). Prior, I worked for four years as a content lead and biodiversity scientist with the U.S. Geological Survey's Biodiversity Informatics Program. Building on my work experience in biodiversity and environmental informatics, my work with DataONE focused on exploring the nature of scientific collaborations necessary for scientific inquiry. I also conducted research concerning user experience and usability, and assisted in development of member nodes with an emphasis on spatial data and infrastructure. I assisted with research designed to understand sociocultural issues within collaborative research communities. Through August 1, 2014, I was based at the Center for Information and Communication Studies at the University of Tennessee School of Information Science in Knoxville, Tennessee.

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