The mural features four metal representations of sound waves, artfully placed between colorful letters that spell P-L-A-N-O. Each sound wave corresponds to audio segment that depict a historical Plano event. The four audio segments tell listeners about Plano’s name and origins, the founding of the fire department, business and commerce, and Plano’s railroad heritage.
Audio segments are narrated by Mayor Harry LaRosiliere, Plano Fire Chief Sam Grief, Executive Director of the Plano Chamber of Commerce Jamee Jolly, and Robert Haynes, Curator of the Interurban Railway Museum.
Built By Bender LLC is owned and operated by 3 brothers Ariel, Milan, and Aaron Bender. Born and raised Texans, with a passion for art & design.
They perform design & fabrication services to the photo industry making props & sets for movies, commercials, & photo shoots.
They also cater to select commercial and residential clients, offering custom woodworking, welding, lighting, & art.
Located on the west-facing wall of eatery lounge Vickery Park, the mural’s design- a streetscape depicting commerce at the turn of the 20th century- has been inspired by Plano’s rich history. Wes Hardin, an accomplished artist with over 37 years spent as a muralist and illustrator, created a scene from historic Plano, with citizens strolling through a downtown bustling with merchants and commuter passengers. The famous Texas Electric Railway interurban railcar is featured, as well as the storefronts of Downtown Plano buildings. The whole scene is set in front of a colorful Texas sunset.
Born in 1960 in Chicago, Illinois and raised on the Gulf Coast, Wes Hardin studied Illustration and Advertising Design on South Florida at The Art Institute. He has worked as a muralist and illustrator for the past 29 years, having been awarded his first mural commission at the age of 18.
Wes has worked throughout South Florida as a freelance designer and illustrator both for private and corporate commissions, in addition to working with various ad agencies.
North Texas artist Will Heron's mural incorporates historical elements inspired by Plano’s past. The mural is split into five columns, each a different color and focusing on different elements from the Plano residents’ submitted photos: a cactus, a windmill, cotton, a water tower, and a train. Heron has designed and worked on several other murals in the DFW area since founding the art collective WHERON.
Will Huron (WHERON) takes inspiration from a variety of places. Much of his current work bounces between commercial, fine and street art, which is hugely inspired by 1980s/90s artists like Keith Haring and Andy Warhol. He is also inspired by contemporary street artists and illustrators like Cleon Pearson, Shepard Fairey and FAILE. Much of his illustration and 2D work reference cacti and other Texas/Southern flora and fauna that will mix-in some type of graphic illusion or visual word play.