Tyler engineering firm Howe Baker International is looking to add a pop of color to the city having put together a mural initiative that celebrates past and present Tylerite inspirations.
The piece will be designed and painted by world renowned muralist Gaia.
On a backdrop of local blooms he will portray hometown NFL MVP Patrick Mahomes II, as well as an MVP of a totally different kind. The late Ann Campbell was a widowed mother of 11 who made ends meet for her family by growing and selling roses. Our very own Earl Campbell, The Tyler Rose, was the 6th of her 11 children.
Describing the piece Gaia wrote ‘Ann Campbell extends heroism beyond sports. Instead, her presence makes the painting about legacy and generational achievement as a community. Ann Campbell’s passion for her children, roses and football is the binding thread that connects the endemic flowers, Mahomes and her portrait’
Once a mural site has been established Downtown Tyler whom Howe Baker are collaborating with shall give a local artist a chance to win a cash prize and an all-expenses paid Boom/Scissor Lift Certification Programme to enable them to shadow Gaia for a couple of hours daily from start to finish.
About Howe Baker: Howe Baker International have decades of experience in providing complete engineering, procurement and construction (EPC) projects for the oil, gas, refining and petrochemical industries.
About Downtown Tyler: Vision: To create a vibrant downtown core that provides the community and Smith County with a lively, diverse center of residential life, government, arts, services, commerce and events that contribute to the economy and quality of life of our area.
Mission: To create a vibrant downtown culture and economy through engaging volunteers, businesses and the community to implement programs that promote Downtown Tyler, preserve historic architecture and advocate for Downtown reinvestment and renewal.
Main Street Director, Downtown Tyler