Public Art Proposal for Oklahoma City Route 66 Park

Proposal not chosen

The American Experience: A case for PRESERVE

Baseball as an American Original has forever been tied to a distinct era in architecture. This aesthetic survives as an icon of the American pastime as shown. The indigenous Baltimore Oriole and the American Cardinal, are treasured and unique to the regions of national teams.


Route 66 was unique to our country when it was first proposed in 1925. The rest as they say is history.


The contents herein articulate the nostalgia of many Americans that decide to re-trace the first automobile culture of motels and drive-ins.


A recurring theme is the art of the automobile articulated by the classic hood ornament. This object was  a work of art in itself and often contained bird wings symbolic of speed and grace. The automobile hood ornament was an icon. 


The Central Flyway


In Oklahoma City, the 1,000-acre Stinchcomb Wildlife Refuge with its hardwood forest of oak, sycamore trees, swamps and marshes intersect the historic Route 66. Blue herons, owls and ducks can be seen year round. Egrets and cranes will often visit during the warmer months. One beautiful migratory bird is the white pelican, shown.


Birds are often portrayed in architecture, as shown a pelican as Public Art in relief at the Louisiana State Capitol. 

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