Scenic Silos: Fort Dodge Masterpiece Takes Shape


FORT DODGE, Iowa (WOI-TV) — It might be Fort Dodge’s most forgettable scene along the River District. 

Along 3rd Ave NW, one man is trying to change that. It’s not every day your canvas is a 110-foot silo in Iowa, but Australian-born painter Guido van Helten has a masterpiece in mind.

“It’s kind of got that industrial style to it,” says van Helten. “I’m just working with the building as much as possible.” 

As any artist knows, the journey from blank canvas to finished product is full of intricacies along the way. And van Helten’s latest project is no different.

“It’s about history for this town and to take that surface and to utilize it in a creative way,” van Helten says

The art has been commissioned by the Fort Dodge Public Arts Coalition, with help from other private foundations and donations. And the subjects on the silos? Local people van Helten photographed a year ago. 

“To me, I can’t understand how he can do it,” says Fort Dodge City Councilman Terry Moehnke. 

The silos are expected to be finished before the first of the year. 

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