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The east side of the mural on the Faulkton, S.D., grain elevator. (Jenny Schlecht/Agweek)

Faulkton plans ceremony for grain elevator mural

FAULKTON, S.D. — The city of Faulkton will hold a celebration to mark the completion of the murals on the Agtegra Elevator.

Australian muralist Guido Van Helten completed the murals this summer. The murals, meant to represent life in Faulkton, cover three sides of the 110-foot tall structure. The project is unofficially believed to be the third largest public art piece in South Dakota, after Mount Rushmore and Crazy Horse Memorial.

Faulkton has planned a ceremony with a ribbon cutting and the national anthem at 4 p.m. Oct. 5. Sponsors and in-kind donors can attend a barbecue meal at 5 p.m. and should RSVP with the number of attendees to by Oct. 1.

Organizers of the project say the cost of the murals was going to be around $70,000 to $80,000. Much of the money had been raised through donations, as well as grants from South Dakota Farm Bureau, GROW South Dakota and the South Dakota Arts Council.

The grain elevator murals are one of several large-scale art projects in Faulkton, and economic development and art supporters in the community hope visitors will take in all the city has to offer when they come to visit.

Van Helten has painted on grain elevators and silos around the world, along with other large structures. Van Helten will be painting murals on the Ardent Mills elevator in Mankato, Minn., according to the Mankato Free Press, as well as on an elevator in Fort Dodge, Iowa.