A plan by artist Rick Sinnett to paint murals on both sides of the Rocktown Climbing Gym — a former grain silo that faces Bricktown, the Oklahoma River and the new Interstate 40 — is back on track with a $10,000 donation Thursday from Downtown Oklahoma City Inc.
The 12,800-square-foot mural entitled “This Land” features the American bison, scissortail flycatcher, Indian paintbrush wildflowers and wheat. Sinnett first planned on completing the project in spring 2012. The mural ties into two already completed — one on the back of an old drive-in theater along Route 66 in El Reno and at Second and Detroit Avenue in Tulsa's Blue Dome arts district.
Sinnett started prepping the silo for the murals earlier this month. He launched an online Kickstart fundraising campaign last week stating he needed $16,000 to complete the job.
“We've been saving money in our initiatives fund for multiple years, waiting for a project like this to come along,” said Jane Jenkins, president of Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. “We all love this mural and its symbolism, and of course, are proud to help fund anything that improves the downtown community.”'
Downtown Oklahoma City Inc. also offered to assist in obtaining necessary permits, including covering any related fees.
“Wow, I can't tell you how grateful I am,” Sinnett said. “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.”