Art Installation Coming Soon To Cox Business Center Entrance

Monday, April 12th 2021, 4:42 pm
By: News On 6

TULSA, Okla. -

Art will soon be added to the new plaza outside the entrance of the renovated Cox Business Convention Center in Tulsa.

Preparations started Monday to install the artwork that Colorado-based Artist Andrew Tirado says has been years in the making.

"A lot of work went into this. It was basically dominating my work life for the last two years," said Tirado.

The piece is called Highlight and consists of a giant two-pronged plug that pays homage to the Blue Dome District. It’ll be connected to an electrical cord made of metal that was created in Tulsa at American Pipe Bending.

Tirado says the main focal point will be a giant light bulb that represents Tulsa's bright future.

"Very possibly the world’s largest lightbulb, although we haven't confirmed that with Guinness," said Tirado.

He says the art doesn't look like his other works, because he made it with Tulsa specifically in mind.

"I wasn't trying to make it look like my work, I was trying to make it speak to the City of Tulsa past, present, and future, so big things ahead for Tulsa," said Tirado.

The $430,000 project was paid for with money from the Vision Tulsa Sales tax.

Weather permitting, the installation is scheduled to be finished on April 21st.