Four things to Know About the Project

The City of McKinney plans on having an Australian-based artist paint the 100-foot-tall historic concrete silos and grain elevator in the Historic Downtown McKinney Cultural District.

Here are four things you should know about the project.

Who is the artist? 

Australian-based artist Guido van Helte, who will pain the silos, has done a series of photorealistic paintings on silos across the United States. His work has generated global recognition and in a press release, the City of McKinney said his designs are influenced and representative of the community in which he works in.

"Van Helten's mural installed on our historic silos represents an incredible gift to McKinney. Not only will this mural be one of the largest works in North Texas, but the international reputation of the artist helps build an attraction that spotlights our community," said Amy Rosenthal, Director of the McKinney Performing Arts Center and McKinney Main Street.

What the project will look like

The city said the project will pay tribute to McKinney's rich culture and heritage. It will serve as the backdrop for the city's new Municipal Community Complex. That project, the city said, is in the design phase.

"It serves as a catalyst for development in a section of our downtown rich with cultural history and helps increase the visibility of our own local artists. This one-of-a-kind work honors our past with an eye toward the future and will astonish visitors of all ages," Rosenthal said.

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