Monthly Archives: March 2013

Building Artisitic Connections

How creating art can give form to the abstract.

Schermerhorn Symphony Center Birth of Apollo

Creating ideas that spread and connecting the disconnected are the two pillars of our new society, and both of them require the posture of an artist.
– Seth Godin [1]

Through drawing, I try to capture readers’ interests by sharing how subject matter in my artwork has inspired some new understanding. A recent trip to Nashville, Tennessee provided an opportunity for “connecting the disconnected” with artwork when I encountered a beautiful fountain in front of the Schermerhorn Symphony Center. The fountain is home to a statue depicting the birth of Apollo, and this scene became a symbol in my mind of Nashville’s new development as a city around a long-established passion for country music. In the recent history of Nashville, there have been hundreds of millions of dollars invested in creating new venues to celebrate and share “Music City’s” infatuation with the performing arts. These improvements include building the Schermerhorn Symphony Center (opened in September 2006)[2], adding a museum (opened in May 2001)[3] to The Country Music Hall of Fame, and the massive Music City Center, the soon to be opened 1.2 million square foot convention center.[4] While it is easy to see the connection between country music and Nashville’s efforts to preserve this unique art, it seems remarkable to explore this link through Apollo’s fountain.

Jason Freeman is the founder of Work of Start.

1. Seth Godin. The Icarus Deception: How High Will You Fly? (New York: Portfolio/Penguin, 2012), 5.
2. Acquired from the Nashville Symphony website –
3. Acquired from the Country Music Hall of Fame website –
4. Acquired from the Nashville Music City Center website –