Art in the park
Three Indiana limestone blocks depict five aspects of Tulsa’s heritage — including transportation, oil and art deco architecture.
Sculptor Patrick Sullivan and his work in progress.
Pieces: Three Indiana limestone blocks depict five aspects of Tulsa’s heritage — including transportation, oil and art deco architecture — at Howard Park, 2510 Southwest Blvd.
The colors used are symbolic: yellow represents Route 66, black and red represent Native American culture and blue represents Tulsa’s art deco.
Brains behind the blocks: Sculptor Patrick Sullivan of Pine Valley, Utah. He won the sculpting job in a national request for proposals commissioned by the City of Tulsa and the Arts Commission of Tulsa.
How he did it: Sullivan began sculpting Sept. 26, working Monday through Saturday, 9-10 hours per day, at the WaterWorks Art Center.
Following completion in early December, the blocks were moved Dec. 9 by cranes and trucks to their permanent location at Howard Park. A dedication is planned for early January.
The cold, hard facts: Fittingly, because Southwest Boulevard is part of old Route 66, each block is topped with an etched highway marker. Each block is 4 feet wide by 8-10 feet tall.
Sullivan says the same limestone was used to build the U.S. Capitol and the White House, as well as Tulsa’s Federal Building and several downtown churches. He says the stone “weathers very well and will probably only need to be power washed when needed” in the coming years.