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2001 - Government Awards - Beautification & Landscaping - ODOT Highway Art

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.

     Director of the ODOT Beautification Office, Joanne Orr, accepts for the Highway Art Buffalo Sculpture Project
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.

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!