Our World -The Prairie Schooners of Tulsa

Prairie Schooners

We have something new in downtown Tulsa. Stickwork artist Patrick Dougherty, with a lot of help, installed “Prairie Schooners” at Tulsa’s least used park, Chapman Centennial Green on the south edge of downtown. The project was sponsored by the Urban Core Art Project.

Prairie Schooners

It is made up of branches and sticks from trail cleanup and tree trimming projects here in Tulsa. They are in there very good. The day I took these photos there was a gale blowing downtown and the structures were not going anywhere. The tops were waving about fairly well. I don’t know how they rooted the structures in but they in good.

Prairie Schooners

Prairie Schooners is what the covered wagons that the pioneers used to go west and steal land from the Native Americans. I can see the resemblance to that. It also looks like sailboats out ocean.

Prairie Schooners

The structures bend and wave in the strong wind and seem almost alive, they way they move. They look ghostly.

Prairie Schooners

An example of the complex and very strong weaving of the natural materials used to make the structures.

Prairie Schooners

They are very complex and make little rooms and there are no “Do not touch” signs anywhere. The place invites touching. It’s a very happy place.

Prairie Schooners

It is due to be installed for a year, until March 2019, so you got some time to check it out yourself.

I’m linking with Our World Tuesday.

14 thoughts on “Our World -The Prairie Schooners of Tulsa

  1. Sallie (FullTime-Life)

    That is a fascinating work of art/sculpture (?) … not sure what to call it, but I’d love to see it in person. After your year do they take it down and re-install it somewhere else? Good grief. I can’t imagine that.

  2. Kay L. Davies

    Who would ever have thought of making sculptures like this? Absolutely amazing!
    Thank you for sharing.
    An Unfittie’s Guide to Adventurous Travel

  3. Sharon

    Those are so unusual. Certainly worth a trip to see if I’m anywhere near Tulsa. What a lot of work and art these show.

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