Behind “Route 66 Rising”
Albuquerque artist Eric Garcia designed the 70-by-30-foot sculpture to celebrate the spirit and vibrancy of Tulsa and the Mother Road.
Piece: “Route 66 Rising,” to be installed this fall at the Avery Traffic Circle of East Admiral Place and South Mingo Road. It’s the original 1926-32 alignment of Route 66 and the former site of a filling station and inn owned by Cyrus Avery, the “Father of Route 66.”
Inspiration behind the icon: Albuquerque artist Eric Garcia, left, designed the 70-by-30-foot spherical sculpture, underwritten by $655,000 in Vision 2025 funds, to capture and celebrate the spirit and vibrancy of Tulsa and the Mother Road.
“‘Route 66 Rising’ highlights Tulsa’s perspective that Route 66 is not a closed highway, but rather a living and relevant experience rising from the hearts of people from many cultures, nationally and internationally, and across age groups,” says Dennis Whitaker of the City of Tulsa Planning Department.
“We’re excited about this,” says Ken Busby, executive director and CEO of the Route 66 Alliance. “We’re creating a centerpiece for aficionados of Route 66 and an icon for our city that we believe will positively impact cultural tourism.”