Tulsa International Airport Wall Mural

Submitted by Roseanne Bell

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Project

Tulsa International Airport

Tulsa United States

2008-05-15

Project Team

Other

Roseanne Bell

Tulsa Airport Cultural Advisory Committee

Other

Ann Tomlins

Tulsa Public Schools

Art Consultant

Mary Ann Doran

M A Doran Gallery

Artist

Roseanne Bell

Bellwether Design LLC

Overview

This is a mural at the Tulsa Airport, designed to add some color and whimsy to the drab gray exterior of the building. It is located directly across from the check-in counters, so everyone arriving at the airport sees it. The mural is 11'-6″ H x 95'-7″ W.

Goals

The Tulsa Airport established a Cultural Advisory Committee with the goal of developing an arts program for the newly renovated facility. In the early stages of the program, there was no budget allocation for art. Yet the committee wanted to install something before the PGA tour came to the city. We came up with the idea of painting a colorful mural on the wall across from the ticket counters. I volunteered to design the mural, and another member asked the head of the art department at Tulsa Public Schools to recruit some art teachers and students to paint the mural. She did, and we had students and teachers from four high schools represented.

Process

As the designer and artist, I designed the mural on paper, researched the proper materials to use for an outdoor mural, and had a graphic artist produce large scale images of the mural panels. The Airport Cultural Advisory Committee approved the design. The students, guided by their teacher, traced the outlines on the wall and then painted the mural. They accomplished this in one long day!