Travel in Oklahoma City to Northwest 23rd Street and
the I-235 exit ramp and you can see “Where the Buffalo Roam,” courtesy
of the Oklahoma Department of Transportation, the University of
Oklahoma’s School of Art sculpture program and a host of other
sponsors. “Where the Buffalo Roam” is a one-and-a-quarter-sized bronze
buffalo and calf that represent ODOT’s first venture into what is
called highway art.
This proud nod to our prairie
heritage took three years to bring from an idea to its artistic debut
last October. In between was the creation of the sculpture model by OU
grad student Kim Walker Ray and more than $100,000 in fundraising,
largely through the sale of small replicas.
| Director of the ODOT Beautification Office, Joanne Orr, accepts for the Highway Art Buffalo Sculpture Project
The judges said “Although not a ‘natural’ improvement to
roadside beauty, it is a very clever, dramatic and tasteful way to
incorporate Oklahoma heritage into scenic beauty.” THE PARTNERSHIP OF THE OKLAHOMA DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION WITH THE ART WORLD IS GOOD NEWS FOR OKLAHOMA’S ROADSIDES!
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