The Mosaic Dragon sculpture park, originally uploaded by Jude Adam.

Fannie Mae Dees Park is often referred to as “Dragon Park,” thanks to Pedro Silva’s 20-year-old sea serpent, which features hundreds of personal designs–including faces, birds, alien creatures, flowers and animals–all made of cut or chipped tiles painted by local artists. Over several months in 1999, neighborhood volunteers gave the beloved reptile much-needed repairs and polish, making him as handsome–and climbable–as ever.

Fannie Mae Dees Park – Nashville, TN, 37212 – Citysearch

mosaic dragon sculpture of dragon park on Flickr – by discutant

Dragon Park mosaic sculpture on Flickr – by chartnot3

The mosaic details of Dragon Park on Flickr – by Brent and MariLynn

The dragon part of the playground was built in the late 70s, with art made from tiles by children from the nearby schools. The end of the tail is in the foreground and the head is in the top left. During the day, this area will be covered by children and at night will have couples on a date. I have heard that if the moon is right and you stand at the right spot, it will look like the dragon is breathing fire.

Dragon mosaic detail on Flickr – by jbparker

Scary Clowns on Flickr – by Lizish

Balloons on Flickr – by Lizish

mosaic detail face of the dragon of dragon park on Flickr – by discutant

In the tiles on the dragon, look for artists’ renditions of local civic leader Fannie Mae Dees, for whom the park is named, Dolly Parton and others.

Fannie Mae Dees Park – Nashville, TN, 37212 – Citysearch

More Mosaic on Flickr – by Lizish

Woman in the Dragon on Flickr – by Lizish

Dragon Park mosaic detail on Flickr – chartno3

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