January 3, 2018 -- East Meets West
This display at Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza in Tulsa, Oklahoma, is an area where a section of the original Route 66 road still exists. Eight flags in the plaza represent the 8 states that Old U.S. 66 traverses and the “East Meets West” bronze statue, which is the centerpiece of the Plaza, was installed in October 2012. .
The sculpture depicts Cyrus Avery and his family riding in a Model-T as they encounter a horse-drawn carriage on its way from the west Tulsa oil fields. Cyrus Avery (1871–1963) was known as the "Father of Route 66". He created the route while a member of the federal board appointed to create the Federal Highway System, then pushed for the establishment of the U.S. Highway 66 Association to pave and promote the highway.
The sculpture is by artist Robert Summers who was chosen to create “East Meets West”. He is noted for his large scale public art work including the largest contiguous bronze monument in North America located at the Dallas Convention Center.
This bronze sculpture in Tulsa, which is 135 percent actual size, was cast at the Deep in the Heart Art Foundry in Bastrop, Texas, and weighs in at approximately 20,000 pounds.
A short video about Tulsa’s Route 66 and Cyrus Avery Centennial Plaza is available here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3381Gg3Aa3U#t=27