Have you seen Route 66’s gigantic new mascot?
The 21-foot-tall space cowboy outside Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios can’t be missed.
Buck Atom’s launch party on May 11
With his piercing blue eyes and rugged good looks, the 21-foot-tall space cowboy outside Buck Atom’s Cosmic Curios, 1347 E. 11th St., can’t be missed. The namesake’s arrival this spring was a dream come true for store owner Mary Beth Babcock, who first envisioned him while at Dwelling Spaces, the popular downtown boutique she operated from 2006-2016.
Buck is a “Muffler Man,” a large, fiberglass sculpture originally used as advertisement in the 1960s. Working with Joel Baker, whose company American Giants restores and documents Muffler Men, artist Mark Cline of Enchanted Castle Studios in Virginia and Tulsa sculptor Chris Wollard, Babcock brought Buck to life. Funding came through a variety of sources, including a GoFundMe page, commemorative brick sales and donations.
In the end, it’s all about community.
“I realize it’s going to help with Route 66 and tourism in Tulsa, but I love the community,” Babcock says. “If we bring people together, maybe more magic will happen in our great city of Tulsa.”