Silo Mural Project

Project Overview

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

The silos serve as the backdrop for the city's new Municipal Community Complex which should break ground this fall. The public art project demonstrates one of the city’s goals for the new development: to preserve and celebrate the culture of the communities in the area. 
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 silos mural contributes 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.

The McKinney Silos Mural
Large silo structure with painting of people


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 8/30/2022)

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

The Castilla Family, and Civil Consulting Group
Geralyn & Mark Kever
Kathy and Doug McCabe-KBM Designs
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
Pat and Danny Doyle
Ebby Halliday Realtors McKinney Office
First United Bank
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
Ken Olthouse Family
Dan & Lisa Reiss, The Reiss Group
Amy, Mia, & Jeremy Rosenthal  
Sweet Art Custom Cake Studio
That Balloon Chik 
Sara Thomas
Kathryn Rossato Waite

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
McKinney Hat Company

Friend & Artist | $1 - $249

Mitch, Valerie, Cole, and Cooper Curry
Trey Hahn & Molly Brewer
Saylor Baker
The Flom Family
The Haynes Family
Connie & Sid Gibson
Lucy & Paul Grimes
Rowan, Kiernan, Harper McCracken
Jim and Sylvia Parrish
Cindy Peters
Michael, Mindy & Ashlynn Quint
Mike Sammon's Health Collection
JoAnn & Clint Scofield
Cynthia & Miles Schneible
Beth Shumate
Laura & Chris Smetak
Ken and Frances Toki 
The Werner Family
JoEllen Zabel