According to meeting information, funding for the mural was approved in the city's fiscal year 2020-21 budget with the condition that council would first approve the mural design.
Work on the mural will begin as soon as possible once council approves the design, meeting information states. The Tomball Tourism Advisory Committee reviewed artists and submitted designs over the course of four meetings.
According to a June 2020 special meeting of the committee, the city began the search for mural artists in 2019, ultimately recommending Beth Mankin Jones for the $6,000 mural project. According to June information, Jones has created projects for Pepsi-Cola, SplashTown Waterpark, Landry's Restaurants and Joe's Crab Shack.
“We know people come from near and far to see the railroad museum or get pictures in front of our statues,” City Manager Rob Hauck said in November 2019. “If we added some really meaningful and attractive community art, [we believe] people would come here to take their photos in front of it like they do in other places.”