Naturally Iowa Grain Bin Gateway
The budget for the Naturally Iowa Grain Bin Gateway is $82,050. Half of that has been raised through generous pledges from
• Main Street Coon Rapids
• Private citizen
• City of Coon Rapids
• Bin owners, Todd and Charlotte Heck
• Creating Great Places
• Community Foundation of Carroll County
We need your help – If you like this project, please show your support with a donation.
In order to secure a grant to cover the remaining half of
the budget, we need to show community support through a diversified
donator group. In other words, we need a large
group of individuals, organizations and businesses to donate. It is
about the quantity of donors, not the quantity of money that we need to
To aid us in showing community
support, please send a donation (whatever denomination you are
comfortable giving) to Main Street Coon Rapids and write in the memo:
Grain Bin Art. Drop off or mail your check to the MSCR office at 406
Main Street, Coon Rapids, IA 50058 or send your donation through PayPal by clicking here
Coon Rapids’s vision plan includes an objective to enhance arts and cultural opportunities by integrating art, history, and culture into the beautification of downtown. Thus, Main Street Coon Rapids (MSCR) is spearheading a project to create a 360-degree panoramic mural on two grain bins at the gateway to downtown. The bins are 40 feet tall and 30 feet in diameter for a combined surface area of 7,536 square feet.
The art committee agreed that in addition to beautification of downtown, the art they create on the bins should reflect the history and culture of Coon Rapids. Coon Rapids has a rich agricultural history and currently is becoming recognized as the hometown of the great outdoors thanks to Whiterock Conservancy. WRC is a 5,500 acre land trust that attracts 15,000 visitors from around the Midwest who use WRC’s hiking, biking and equestrian trails, campgrounds, star gazing fields and Middle Raccoon River access points.
Therefore, the artist’s renderings for the grain bin include four scenes that flow around each bin to the next in a 360-degree panorama. From the west, you will first see Coon Rapids new logo that includes the tag line “Naturally Iowa”. Beneath the logo at the base of the bins are cattails and water grasses surrounding a canoe paddled by a man and woman. That flows into the second bin painted with a large bur oak tree and a family of four on bicycles followed by their dog. This rounds the corner into a mom and daughter catching butterflies under an apple tree. A flock of geese fly above the canopy in both scenes. The mural continues back onto the first bin which depicts a father and son looking through a telescope into the stary night. All of these elements are black silhouettes on a silver background coinciding with existing black silhouette artwork on Main Street.
This project is a partnership with the grain bin owners, MSCR, City of Coon Rapids and Creating Great Places (local nonprofit). The MSCR task force has secured an artist rending from local talent and will hire a local painter to complete the mural. The local painter will both prepare the bins for paint and paint the mural.
Public art gives a community a unique identity, makes it more inviting and creates civic pride. Art in a public space makes it attractive for economic development and has been shown to add value to all the surrounding assets.