Downtown North to Receive New Mural

Communications Director

Kristin Farley
(865) 215-2589

400 Main St., Room 691
Knoxville, TN 37902

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Downtown North to Receive New Mural

Posted: 09/08/2017
North Knox MuralVolunteers from Scripps Networks Interactive will paint a mural in the Downtown North area of Knoxville on Friday, September 8 as part of Scripps Networks Global Volunteer Day. The mural, located at the corner of Bearden Place and Irwin Street, was designed and sponsored by Scripps Networks Interactive in partnership with Keep Knoxville Beautiful. Use of the building was donated by building owners SMJT, LLC (Segal Drummond, Mike Mangione, Joe Fox, and Tyler Fogarty). 

The mural commemorates Musician and Songwriter Harry McClintock, who was born in Knoxville in 1882. It showcases elements from his famous song, “Big Rock Candy Mountain,” which was written in 1928. The mural was designed by Paul Seylar, Creative Director for Scripps Networks Interactive. 

“The Big Rock Candy Mountain is a song written about an ideal. And just like the song, this neighborhood has survived and remade itself over time,” said Paul Seylar, Creative Director for Scripps Networks Interactive. “What could be more appropriate for a neighborhood? It speaks of a place where everything is good and right. We’re proud to serve the Knoxville community, where great things happen all the time, including again today in this neighborhood. At Scripps, we try to live by the motto ‘Live. Love. Give.’ and working on this project allows us to do all three.” 

North Knoxville Mural

Keep Knoxville Beautiful staff and volunteers assembled the scaffolding, primed the building’s walls, pre-traced the mural’s outline onto the wall by projecting the design at night, and assembled the supplies. Neighboring businesses Holly’s Corner and Magpies Bakery will supply lunch for the volunteers. Scripps employees will use a “paint-by-numbers” strategy on Friday, bringing the mural to life with spray paint. In the following days, a small team of artists will return to the mural to paint the black outlines. After the mural is complete, Keep Knoxville Beautiful volunteers will return to paint on a sealant to protect the mural from graffiti and the elements. 

“This will be the third mural our organization has helped to create, and we are thrilled to be partnering with Scripps Networks Interactive on it. Our community is really lucky to have this creative powerhouse in town, and we commend Scripps for giving their time and financial support to create something so eye-catching and dynamic for this neighborhood,” said Keep Knoxville Beautiful Executive Director Patience Melnik. “Murals are vehicles for enlivening public spaces, bringing people together, and creating beauty—even on forgotten little corners. Being a part of this collaboration goes a long way toward helping our organization fulfill our mission to make a more beautiful Knoxville.”

Keep an eye on this Downtown North corner as the mural’s bright colors bring this frequently travelled intersection to life. 

To learn more about Keep Knoxville Beautiful, visit