Nashville, TN - Vanderbilt announced this week that the 27-year-old "coaches" mural near West End has been replaced by the creative masterpiece of an unnamed 5-year-old kindergartner.
A Vanderbilt spokesman addressed the change in a statement on Monday, saying, "The mural required an update and ... Vanderbilt University’s athletics department decided to use this as an opportunity to take a new approach. We completed an exhaustive worldwide search for the right artist who could live up to the legacy of this important landmark. And we found him right here at a local elementary. I think everyone will agree that the new mural is a considerable improvement over the beloved life-like portraits that have honored so many of our finest coaches."
He went on to say that the Athletics department believes the new mural entitled, "See-Saw Magic Dogs," will soon become one of the most visited murals in Nashville, even exceeding the popularity of the "wings" mural in the Gulch. One passing UT fan said, "Wow! Vanderbilt really went all out on this one. Good job, Vandy!"
Many are wondering what is the elaborate symbolism behind the masterful work, but so far the answer remains elusive. We reached out to the 5-year-old prodigy for comment, but was taking a nap.