Total eclipse of the art

Nissan North America (NNA), together with a local artist, created a mural today to celebrate the solar eclipse at its North American Headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee. Nearby Nashville was in the path of totality.

NASHVILLE, Tenn. (Aug. 21, 2017) – Nissan North America (NNA) created a mural today to celebrate the solar eclipse at its North American Headquarters in Franklin, Tennessee. Nearby Nashville was in the path of totality.

Local Nashville artist Chris Zidak, who is also part of the Nashville Walls Project, designed and painted the 90,000-square-foot mural in just under 36 hours.

There are 209 rays that complete the image of the eclipse, each painted by hand in the grass in front of NNA’s headquarters. Zidak used his background in sacred geometry while designing the mural and worked with land surveyors to get accurate sizing, scale and proportions. Hundreds of Nissan employees became part of the lawn art as they put on solar eclipse glasses and watched the eclipse.

The mural required about 70 gallons of water-diluted, environmentally friendly lawn paint applied using a pressurized sprayer. The biodegradable paint will dissipate over time and after the grass is mowed.