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Indiana Limestone Along Route 66

Feb 02

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“If you ever plan to motor west, take the highway that’s the best, get your kicks on Route 66” – “Route 66” Bobby Troup

Route 66 runs right through Tulsa, Oklahoma. Now, a new tribute to the legendary coast-to-coast highway is on display in the northeastern Oklahoma city.

Artist Patrick Liam Sullivan recently finished three carved Indiana Limestone pieces that pay homage to Route 66. Indiana Limestone is already a fixture in Tulsa, adorning several current and former government buildings.

“It is the perfect type of stone to carve,” Sullivan tells “Tulsa World.” “It is not too hard and it is not too soft. I think it is the best type of stone to work on.”

“It is appropriate because Howard Park was such a significant part of Route 66,” Sullivan says. “Many people stopped there through the years.”

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Sullivan worked 12-hour days to beat the winter weather and finish the three pieces. The Indiana Limestone blocks were delivered in late September, weighing 8, 9, and 10 tons respectively. The sculptures were delivered to Howard Park in early December.  

This is the latest in Tulsa’s efforts to commemorate Route 66 through art installations.

“I am carving history. That is important to me and a lot of other people,” he says.

Photos courtesy “Tulsa World”/James Gibbard

 

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