What kinds of iconic public art would you like to see in Tulsa to celebrate Tulsa's tourism heritage as the birthplace of Route 66, "The Mother Road"?
UPDATE: "ROUTE 66 RISING" SELECTED FOR TRAFFIC CIRCLE INSTALLATION
Tulsa is considering installation of new public art in the Traffic Circle map at the intersection of East Admiral Place and North Mingo Road, on the original 1926 to 1932 alignment of Historic Route 66. This was the original site of a tourist court operated by Cyrus Avery, the "Father of Route 66". Mouse over the postcard to see more about the tourist court.
What artistic concepts appeal to you: Serious or humorous? Historic or futuristic? Traditional or avant garde? Static or kinetic? Funky and eclectic?
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GET YOUR KICKS ON ROUTE 66
Historic Route 66 enjoys wide appeal among national and international tourists and is warmly embraced by folks of all ages, from Baby Boomers to Millennials. Affectionately called “The Mother Road” and “America’s Main Street”, the highway is celebrated in the popular culture of television, cinema and literature and notably in music that invites travelers to Get Your Kicks on Route 66.
Route 66 sites - between Chicago and the Pacific Ocean - include small towns and big cities, original southwest cafes and motels with neon signs, and the Santa Monica Pier where the highway ended its east-to-west journey, all with architecture reminiscent of a bygone era.
Cadillac Ranch, Texas
POPS Diner, Arcadia, OK
From Pixar's animated feature Cars
Blue Whale, Catoosa, OK
PROJECT BACKGROUND AND LOCAL ART INSTALLATIONS
Tulsa County Vision 2025 voters approved funds for Route 66 enhancements to preserve and elevate Tulsa’s allure for heritage tourism. In addition to multiple streetscape and interpretive plaza features, the Meadow Gold neon sign, two Gateways and the Route 66 Skywalk are now complete. To learn more about Tulsa’s Vision 2025 Route 66 Enhancement and Promotion Master Plan of Development, please visit: www.vision2025.info.
Neon sign, 11th & Quaker
Route 66 Gateway
Route 66 Skywalk
East Meets West Sculpture
This 20,000 pound bronze sculpture celebrates the Father of Route 66, Tulsan Cyrus Avery, and Tulsa’s early oil discoveries. Located between the historic Route 66 Memorial Bridge and a planned 40,000 sf. mixed-commercial development and interpretive center, the artwork was dedicated in November 2012.
Visit 'Route 66 images' for other examples of iconic roadside art.
Outcome: "Route 66 Rising" was selected for installation in the Traffic Circle.Read More
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