Australian artist selected for FD silo

 Australian artist selected for FD silo Main Photo

27 Jul 2017


Chad Thompson

An Australian artist was selected by the Fort Dodge Public Art Committee to design and paint an unused grain elevator along Hawkeye Avenue, Maggie Carlin, associate city planner, announced Wednesday.

Artwork by Guido van Helten, of Brisbane, Australia, was chosen by the Public Art Committee. The Public Art Committee was formed in 2016 to oversee the Fort Dodge Grain Silo Mural Project. The committee is comprised of city planning staff, Blanden Memorial Art Museum staff, the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Association board, and the Image Committee of the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance.

Van Helten’s artwork will show people from the Fort Dodge area. A limestone and gypsum mining worker, hospital worker, a scene from youth baseball, and Jessica Einwalter, assistant curator and historical advisor of the Fort Museum and Frontier Village will be featured around the entire 110-foot tall grain silos near the Des Moines River. The photos were taken by van Helten on a prior visit to Fort Dodge.

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