Tulsa Ornament / Souvenir - Tulsa's Golden Driller
This ornament honors Tulsa's Golden Driller.
Towering 76 feet tall and weighing 43,000 pounds, he stands before the main entrance to the Expo Center. His right hand rests on an authentic oil derrick from Seminole, Oklahoma.
First introduced in 1953 for the International Petroleum Exposition and then displayed again in 1959, the Driller became so popular that he was renovated and permanently installed at the 21st Street and Pittsburg Avenue site. His final refurbishing and coat of gold paint (he's made of plaster and concrete over an angle-iron base) was in 1979.
The front piece shows an oil pump, symbol of Tulsa's rich petroleum heritage.
Tulsa Ornaments make great souvenirs! My husband and I always buy an ornament when traveling to help us remember where we've been. It's so much fun to reminisce when decorating the tree each year and remember all the places that we've visited and the people we've met. They also make great gifts for your out of town visitors. We have ornaments with several of the major Tulsa landmarks and you can pair them with my landmark art (I carry small 4x4 framed prints) that are perfect gifts to give your visitor to help them remember their visit with you in Tulsa.
Peake Photography & Design Art & Gifts is now carrying Bobbie Whaling's Tulsa Ornaments.
Since 1985, a great many Tulsan's have been collecting and enjoying a unique ornament depicting various Tulsa landmarks, cultural treasures or special events. The ornaments, made of solid brass with a 24K gold wash, are three dimensional. Each Ornament since 1987 has been designed by Bobbie Whaling, local artist and retired art teacher.
We have The Gathering Place, The Cain's, The Golden Driller, Route 66, TU, Tulsa Centennial, Tulsa Skyline
Our ornaments are behind the counter so please ask the staff at the front if you are interested in the ornaments.