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Memphis, Tennessee: Art Tigers

Tigers painted with Elvis, ancient Egyptians, and more are scattered around the University of Memphis and the city, survivors from a 2011 civic art project.

3785 Norriswood Ave., Memphis, TN
The university is on the east side of the city and is mostly within these four major streets: Central Ave. to the north, Zach H. Curlin St. to the east, Southern Ave. to the south, and S. Highland St. to the west. The library is at the intersection of Zach H. Curlin St. and Norriswood Ave.
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Tiger statue.

Funky Flower Tiger

It's a completely-out-of-place tiger statue painted with flowers. What's not to like? Within 50 feet of the Elvis statue on Beale Street.

[Jeff Shaddix, 05/18/2021]

A survivor of the 2011 "Tigers Around Town" community art project. There were originally 100 of them, all painted differently.

Tiger statues.

Art Tigers

To celebrate the centennial year of the University of Memphis in 2012, 100 fiberglass tigers were painted in various colors and designs and placed throughout the city.

Some can still be found scattered around town, but the largest concentration of them is on the U of M campus. They are in various locations on campus, but a good place to start is at the McWherter Library, which has eight on its east side and one on the west side. Each tiger is painted to represent an event that occurred in a particular year of the university's history.

[signmanjoe, 06/28/2015]

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Ancient Egypt Temple Zoo, Memphis, TN - 4 mi.

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