A Gallatin storefront has been transformed into a public art display depicting two giant monsters battling throughout city.

The display, made entirely of cardboard, was installed last week in the front window of Gallatin mural artist Bryan Deese’s new studio at 153 Witherspoon Ave.

“When I got the space and saw it already had the stage, I got excited about the possibilities,” said Deese who collaborated with Clarksville-based artist Charles V. Bennett on the project. “I’m all about public art and this is basically the same kind of thing (as murals) but just in a different format.”

In addition to the two battling monster sculptures, the display also features several recognizable Gallatin locations like Sumner Regional Medical Center, the bowling alley, jail and buildings on the square along with a church and homes similar to those near the studio.

In all, it took approximately 100 hours to create the entire scene.

“Public art is great, and this is accessible,” said Bennett who is also known as the Tennessee Wolfman. “This is something that people can ride by and see and it’s fun.”

Earlier this year, Deese completed two murals on West Franklin Street in downtown Gallatin. One depicts transportation by train and trolley in the area while the other focuses on the 1970 championship basketball game between Union and Gallatin High school and the players who helped unite a segregated city.

He previously painted a mural at Thompson Park in 2017 honoring Tennessee’s first professional skateboarder and former Sumner County native Ray Underhill.

As for the storefront at his new studio, Deese said he intends to have new art displays throughout the year. 

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