“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
“Bite-Size Bits of Local, National, and Global History”
Faulkton in Faulk County, South Dakota — The American Midwest (Upper Plains)

Guido van Helten

Guido van Helten Marker image. Click for full size.
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1. Guido van Helten Marker
Inscription.  Guido van Helten is an Australian born visual artist and photographer (1986). He is an internationally recognized artist creating contemporary street art throughout the world which is underpinned by his exploration of community and identity generated through photography and large-scale mural installations.

Born in Canberra and growing up in inner city Melbourne, Australia, the artist was influenced at a young age by traditional graffiti movements leading to an early introduction of aerosol art. After graduating with a Bachelor of Visual Arts majoring in Printmaking at Southern Cross University, Guido began the development of his contemporary work now closely aligned with the movement of large-scale muralism across the world.

His work has developed out of his keen interests in travel, photography, architecture and learning about cultures in connection with their landscapes. Receiving attention for his work in regional communities around Australia, Guido was nominated for the Sir John Sulman prize at the Art Gallery of NSW in 2016 for his work in the community of Brim, Victoria. These interests and his ability to work on
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large-scale projects have spurred commissions across the world throughout Europe, Scandanavia, the United States and Australia.

Artist Statement
Since 2013, my practice has evolved into an exploration of identity in connection with our urban environment or a sort of architectural sociology. Through this, I approach mural projects using photography and community engagement to uncover the human stories and site-specific nature and connections to place.

My work explores this relationship through images taken and it is designed to align with the architectural sites.

The Faulkton Elevator Mural
After being asked by a fellow Australian who lives in Faulkton to come look at a potential project, Guido van Helten visited Faulkton in November of 2016 and viewed the site. In 2017 he came and lived in the community for a month taking many photos and joining community activities. Upon his return in July of 2018 he began to prep the elevator with the assistance of many town folk. He began painting in late July and it was completed on the 1st of September, 2018. The art is of a boy and girl who are throwing or catching hats. Many interpretations can be made of this, but popular belief is it represents the youthfulness of the Faulkton community, as well as the many types of "hats" a towns person must wear to make a small community work.
Guido van Helten Marker & the Faulkton Elevator Mural image. Click for full size.
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2. Guido van Helten Marker & the Faulkton Elevator Mural

Erected by Melius Fencing Co. & Double Diamond Buffalo Ranch.
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: AgricultureArts, Letters, Music. A significant historical month for this entry is November 2016.
Location. 45° 2.048′ N, 99° 7.136′ W. Marker is in Faulkton, South Dakota, in Faulk County. Marker is on Airport Road south of Main Street (U.S. 212), on the right when traveling south. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Faulkton SD 57438, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 7 other markers are within 13 miles of this marker, measured as the crow flies. Frank M. Byrne (about 500 feet away, measured in a direct line); Welcome to Faulkton, SD (approx. ¼ mile away); American Legion Foncannon Post No. 102 Memorial (approx. ¼ mile away); "The Last Wild Buffalo Hunt In Faulk County" (approx. 0.3 miles away); Pickler Mansion (approx. 0.6 miles away); LaFoon 1882 - 1891 (approx. 4.8 miles away); Cresbard, South Dakota Veterans Memorial (approx. 12½ miles away).
The Faulkton Elevator Mural (east side) image. Click for full size.
September 3, 2022
3. The Faulkton Elevator Mural (east side)
The Faulkton Elevator Mural (west side) image. Click for full size.
September 3, 2022
4. The Faulkton Elevator Mural (west side)
Credits. This page was last revised on September 12, 2022. It was originally submitted on September 11, 2022. This page has been viewed 76 times since then and 22 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on September 11, 2022.

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