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Australian artist selected for the Fort Dodge Grain Mural Project
July 26, 2017

Guido Van Helten, of Brisbane, Australia, has been selected to design and paint the mural wrapping around the entire 110’-tall grain silos near the Hawkeye Avenue Bridge along the Des Moines River in Fort Dodge, Iowa. Van Helten, an experienced and respected international silo muralist, has completed similar large-scale projects in Europe, Australia, Asia, and North America. His recent works completed in the United States have included projects in Nashville, TN; Jacksonville, FL; and Fort Smith, AR. Examples of Van Helten’s works can be viewed online at 
The Fort Dodge silo mural project is anticipated to be completed in spring/summer 2018, pending finalization of project funding. This mural project was identified as a key short-term redevelopment strategy of the City’s 2016 Northwest River District Neighborhood Revitalization Plan. Last year, sixteen preliminary silo design proposals were received; five of which, including Van Helten’s, were selected as semi-finalists. 
As part of his final design proposal process, Van Helten spent nearly a week in Fort Dodge this spring learning about the community, interviewing residents, exploring the area's natural resources, and researching the city's history. The photographs he took during his visit will be incorporated into his mural to present a rich human tapestry of the community. 
Van Helten uses monochromatic, textural colors that blend with and represent the surrounding environment.  He has chosen a palette of seventeen colors he found in local soils and rock for the Fort Dodge mural. The result will be an image that resembles a huge sepia photograph.
The Fort Dodge Public Art Committee, the Greater Fort Dodge Growth Alliance’s Image Committee, and the Fort Dodge Fine Arts Board of Directors would like to thank the artists who submitted work for consideration and the public who shared their input throughout the selection process. 

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