Downtown Plano launches 3 new mural projects

The city plans to install two murals along 15th Street in downtown Plano and a third mural in an as-yet-undetermined spot, according to local officials.

The Plano Art Association on Tuesday announced the launch of the three new mural projects in downtown Plano in partnership with the Historic Downtown Plano Association. The murals will be funded by a $68,000 grant from the city's Heritage Commission.

A mural made of polymer clay will be located on the west exterior wall of Angela’s at the Crosswalk. A mural made of polymer clay will be located on the west exterior wall of Angela’s at the Crosswalk.[/caption]

A painted mural will be located on the back side of Vickery Park facing the DART station. A painted mural will be located on the back side of Vickery Park facing the DART station.[/caption]

A mural made of polymer clay will be located on the west exterior wall of Angela’s at the Crosswalk, 1010 E. 15th Street, and a painted mural will be located on the back side of Vickery Park, 1011 E. 15th Street, facing the DART station, said Alex Hargis, executive director of the downtown association.

The mural project, which will be the first murals in the Historic Downtown Plano Arts District, is intended to celebrate Plano’s culture and heritage and promote tourism.

Community members are being asked to submit photos of historic downtown. Photo submissions will be accepted from January to February through the hashtag #planomural, online at www.planomural.com or by digitally scanning photos at Haggard Library. These photos will be used to inspire artists to create these pieces.

The project begins in January with an open call to artists. In February, an advisory team will review each artist’s submissions and announce the chosen artists in March. The mural design and instillation will take place in April.

“This project is bigger than the people in this room,” Hargis said. “It’s bigger than just paint on a wall. At the end of this process this will be Plano’s legacy visually on display for every single person who comes to downtown for the next 50 years.”