Located at 592 South 1st Street, opposite downtown Nashville, the Ghost Ballet statue was installed in 2007. The 100’ x 100’ x 60’ sculpture was Nashville’s first Percent for Public Art commission. The piece was done by Alice Aycock.
The artwork symbolizes the site’s industrial past and visually echoes its current surroundings. It is next to LP Field and the Pedestrian Bridge. The sculpture is supposed to convey the sense of the area’s evolution from an industrial working river to an area of recreation and entertainment.
The main structure of the sculpture is comprised of arced, red-painted steel trusses that twist upward from the crane base to form a disconnected spherical shape. On the ground, a red-painted aluminum turbine whirlwind serves as a visual generator for the swirling trusses above. At night, a glowing neon fixture illuminates the sculpture’s center.
The piece is named after the affects Aycock describes when walking around the piece. “It changes as you move around it,” she says. “It suggests a certain kind of movement, dance movements, which is why I refer to it as a Ghost Ballet.”