Silo Mural Project

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Project Overview

The McKinney Silo Mural Project features the installation of a mural on the 100’ tall historic concrete silos and grain elevator in McKinney off of East Virginia and Main Streets. The mural will be created by internationally acclaimed Australian artist Guido van Helten. Van Helten creates oversized photorealism murals. His work is featured across the world and his designs are influenced by, and representative of, the community in which they are created.

This project will pay tribute to McKinney’s rich industrial and agricultural heritage and highlight redevelopment east of State Highway 5.
The McKinney Silos
Three tall cylindrical buildings

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About the Artist

Guido van Helten’s murals are painted with high-quality pigment paints in neutral colors chosen specifically to blend with the surface and bring out the existing industrial architecture of the structures. This approach ensures the artwork will weather well and complement the structure itself.

McKinney’s silo mural will contribute to van Helten’s U.S. silo series, Monuments. These murals create a trail across the country with other public art installations in Minnesota, Iowa, Kansas, and Arkansas.

Public art expresses and supports a sense of neighborhood history, culture and identity. It also attracts visitors and helps drive economic vitality.

Van Helten's most recent U.S. silo mural was completed in October 2021 in Salina, Kansas. The 360-degree Salina, Kansas mural was inspired by van Helten's visit to a local after school program.

Salina, Kansas - Unity Mural
Three tall cylindrical buildings with painting of clasped hands

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We Need to Hear From You

Van Helten immerses himself in the community to learn more about its citizens, heritage, culture, and identity prior to any design work or painting. The process includes photography and resident interviews to uncover human stories that are site-specific and provide connection to place. His final design will feature the stories and people of McKinney’s diverse community. Van Helten typically spends six weeks getting to know the community.

  • Take the survey - let the artist get to know our community through your eyes.

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Project Timeline

  • January 2022 | Community Input through the online form.
  • February 2022 | McKinney Arts Commission Review
  • March 2022 | Council Work Session Presentation
  • March 2022 | Council Work Session / Regular Meeting follow-up
  • April - May 2022 | Artist Community Engagement
  • June - August 2022 | Mural Installation

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Funding

The mural will be funded through a combination of grants, private investment, McKinney Public Art Fund and Hotel Occupancy Taxes. 

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