Downtown Oklahoma City, Inc., made a $10,000 donation to the Silo Art Project Thursday afternoon to complete the fundraising for a giant mural to be painted on the Rocktown Climbing Gym.
Oklahoma artist Rick Sinnett launched a social media and online fundraising campaign via Kickstarter four days ago, stating that he needed just $16,000 to complete the project for the 12,800-square-foot mural entitled "This Land," which features the American bison, scissortail flycatcher, Indian Paintbrush wildflowers, and wheat.
"We've been saving money in our Initiatives fund for multiple years, waiting for a project like this to come along," said Jane Jenkins, Downtown OKC's president and CEO. "We all love this mural and its symbolism, and of course, are proud to help fund anything that improves the downtown community."
Downtown OKC called Sinnett to inform him about the donation.
"Wow. I can't tell you how grateful I am," said Sinnett. "This is one of the reasons I love this state. Everyone is willing to help each other out and have really stepped up to support public art. This is such a blessing."
Downtown OKC has also offered to pay for the necessary permits needed to install the art and to help with that process.
The mural will be painted on an old grain silo on S.E. 4th Street which is now Rocktown Climbing Gym. The location is visible from the Oklahoma River and Interstate 40.