McKINNEY (June 6, 2016) — The City of McKinney and the McKinney Arts Commission is pleased to announce the first public art mural is complete. The Art Nouveau-style mural by Misty Oliver-Foster highlights the city’s long history in the cotton industry and features native wildflowers.
“As the cotton flows down the hill, it leads your eye to a group of wildflowers that are native to the McKinney area. These were also selected because they represent modern-day McKinney. The Indian Paintbrush flower represents the fine arts, the Texas Wine Cup flower and wheat represent the fine dining in downtown, and the Trumpet flower represents live music,” said Oliver-Foster.
McKinney's Public Art Program seeks to build the community's identity by initiating artworks and exhibitions that enhance the vitality of the community. Artworks can also add value to new development by lending a special sense of identity, creating memorable public places and conveying a sense of civic purpose.
“The City of McKinney is excited to unveil the first city-sponsored outdoor mural. This mural was possible due to the vision of the McKinney Arts Commission and the McKinney City Council. It is a great example of what can happen when private donations are partnered with public funds for the beautification of the community,” said Janay Tieken, Housing and Community Development Manager and the city’s liaison to the McKinney Arts Commission. “The city hopes that this is the first of many public/private partnerships for the arts within the City of McKinney.”
The mural is located on the south side of the Cadillac Pizza Pub building, 112 S. Kentucky St. in Historic Downtown McKinney.
McKinney, Texas, is unique by nature. The city is No. 1 on America’s Best Places to Live list published by Money Magazine. As one of the fastest-growing cities in the United States, McKinney has a current population of nearly 162,000. Established in 1848, the city is located 30 miles north of Dallas and is the county seat of Collin County. McKinney offers award-winning schools, a vibrant historic downtown, diverse housing options, a robust economy and a uniquely beautiful natural setting, with rolling hills and lush trees. Visit the city’s website at mckinneytexas.org.