McKinney City Council approves contract with artist to install Chestnut Commons garage mosaic

At a McKinney City Council meeting Aug. 21, council members approved a contract between the city of McKinney and artist Reginald C. Adams to create a mosaic on the south-facing wall of the parking garage at Chestnut Commons, located at 301 E. Virginia St., McKinney.

Adams, a Houston-based public artist, said he saw the city’s call for an artist on a national art bulletin.

According to McKinney Community Service Coordinator Camille Smith, Adams was among 15 applicants, and only three of those were asked to submit design concepts.

In July, the Chestnut Commons Mosaic Committee chose Adams concept, “Blooming McKinney,” which features 441 square feet of glass tiles and 1,100-square feet of paint.

“The concept is large geometric flowers blooming, and since magnolias are popular in the McKinney area, they wanted a floral concept,” Adams said.

Earlier this year, Adams said he visited McKinney to get a better understanding of what the city wanted.

“I’m excited and I can’t wait to get started,” Adams said. “Since I was a boy I loved to draw. I’ve basically been able to live out my dream of creating. I hope to make a statement and make something that the people of McKinney will enjoy for generations.”

Adams said that he expects to begin installing the mosaic Dec. 1.

According to the Smith, the parking garage developer is providing $20,000 of a $41,000 project total.
By Emily Davis
Emily graduated from Sam Houston State University with a degree in multi-platform journalism and a minor in criminal justice in Spring 2018. During her studies, Emily worked as an editor and reporter at The Houstonian, SHSU's local newspaper. Upon graduation, she began an editorial internship at Community Impact Newspaper in DFW, where she was then hired as Community Impact's first McKinney reporter in August 2018.


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