In November 2018 we had the privilege and tall task of providing conservation and maintenance for one of Oklahoma’s icons. The Oklahoma Land Run Monument is one of the world’s largest bronze sculptures and will be the largest freestanding bronze monument in the world once completed. Currently comprised of 41 figures, the entire assemblage also features dozens of horses, wagons, carts, a dog, rabbit, chest, and cannon all spread throughout the Bricktown River Walk Park. The monument commemorates the Land Run of April 22, 1889 - the birth date of Oklahoma City - when a cannon shot sent 50,000 people rushing in to claim free land in central Oklahoma Territory. The monument is divided in two major groups split on either side of the canal. The total span of these combined sculptural groups is over 110+ yards with a width of 30+ yards each piece created by the brilliant sculptor Paul Moore.
It’s one thing to simply view the statues, but another to view them under the lens that each inch of bronze needs to be cleaned, treated, waxed and buffed. Day 1 on the project was kinda like mile #1 of a marathon when it feels physically like mile #20 - however the thrill of the expanse of work and difference we were able to see in the moment definitely propelled us onward. I’m proud to have been a part of this maintenance. OKC is a great city with great people and I highly recommend a visit. Until next time!