Silo Mural Project

McKinney Silo Mural Project

McKinney 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


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 - Van Helten Mural
Three tall cylindrical buildings with painting of clasped hands


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


McKinney Silo Mural Project - Donors

(updated 5/25/2022)
For more information about the project and donations, please reference donation brochure.

Benefactor | $25,000+

Columbus Realty Partners, Ltd.
Texas Commission on the Arts
Visit McKinney

Patron | $15,000 - $24,999

Pris & Bill Darling
Encore Wire Corporation
Independent Financial

Advocate | $5,000 - $14,999

Geralyn & Mark Kever
Linda & Frank Spina
The Hamilton Family & Local Yocal BBQ & Grill
Robb & Lisa Temple 

Ally | $1,000 - $4,999

GG Cain Custom Builders, GG & Amoret Cain
Carey Cox Company
Conduit Architecture & Design
Ebby Halliday Realtors McKinney Office
Tanya & Richard Franklin
Jan & Ron Holmes
Rebecca & Bryan Johnson
Kate & Andrew Jones, Fair & Square Imports
Kaci & Robert Lyford, East End Salvage
Tracy & DeWayne Manning
McKinney Flour Mill
Dan & Lisa Reiss, The Reiss Group
Sara Thomas 

Admirer | $250 - $999

Joy & Greg Booth, EJ Wills Gastro Pub
Vonda & Patrick Cloutier
Windy Gallagher, McKinney Love
Margaret & Jason Harsch
Ted & Sharyn Lindbald, Cocktail Creamery
Kathryn L. McGill
Marie Gregory Boutique
Mary & John Minnis
Katie & Andrew Scott
Keika & Matthew Sheldon
Amber & Barry Shelton
Texas Property Sisters Realty Group
Jeanne & Randy Shoults
Kathryn Rossato Waite

Friend & Artist | $1 - $249

The Flom Family
The Haynes Family
Connie & Sid Gibson
Lucy & Paul Grimes
Michael, Mindy & Ashlynn Quint
Mike Sammon's Health Collection
JoAnn & Clint Scofield
Cynthia & Miles Schneible
Beth Shumate
Laura & Chris Smetak
The Werner Family
JoEllen Zabel