Beautifying our City Center
Silo Mural Project
Our latest public art initiative is our largest yet – literally and figuratively.
Australian artist Guido van Helten will create a one of his larger-than-life murals on the Ardent Mills silos in City Center Mankato’s Old Town District, right in the heart of the downtown.
Van Helten is an internationally recognized artist creating contemporary street art throughout the world which is underpinned by his exploration of community and identity generated through photography and large-scale mural installations.
Born in Canberra and growing up in inner city Melbourne, Australia, the artist was influenced at a young age by traditional graffiti movements, leading to an introduction to aerosol at a young age. After graduating with a Bachelor of Visual Arts in Printmaking at Southern Cross University, Guido began the development of his contemporary work, now closely aligned with the movement of large-scale muralism across the world.
His work has developed out of his keen interests in travel, photography, architecture and learning about cultures in connection with their landscapes. Receiving attention for his work in regional communities around Australia, Guido was nominated for the Sir John Sulman prize at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2016 for his work in the community of Brim, Victoria. These interests and his ability to work on large-scale projects have spurred commissions across the world throughout Europe, Scandanavia, the United States and Australia.
“Since 2013, my practice has evolved into an exploration of identity in connection with our urban environment or a sort of architectural sociology. Through this, I approach mural projects using photography and community engagement to uncover the human stories and site-specific nature and connections to place. My work explores this relationship through images and it is designed to align with the architectural sites.”
Statement from Ardent Mills: “We are honored our elevator will serve as the canvas for a mural that welcomes all those who live, work and visit our community. We are pleased to support the mural project and can’t wait to see it all come to life.”
Donations may be made to the project through the Mankato Area Foundation.