The OKC Mural Guide has interviews and information about the public murals decorating Oklahoma City, along with where to find them. Murals are in alphabetical order by title. The guide only highlights finished permanent, public murals currently on display.
Artists Statement: “The Braid” is a metaphor for Oklahoma City’s cultural diversity. We have braided together 3 styles of art from 3 unique Oklahoma artists, Dylan Bradway, Yatika Starr Fields and Kristopher Kanaly. The braid symbolizes Oklahoma City’s diversity where cultures are mixed together creating a unique experience. In our braid, each artist explored total creative freedom, unhindered by any theme, thus celebrating imagination and the connectivity through collaboration. “The Braid” will be a powerful public exhibition displaying how different cultures, communities, institutions, ideas and imagination can be woven together for a stronger creative bond — a reminder for a positive outlook on the future of Oklahoma.
429 E. California Avenue, Oklahoma City – Behind the Chevy Events Center
By Jack Fowler
The 200 feet long and 25 feet tall octopus mural by Jack Fowler took 35 days of work. The name of the octopus in “Bricktown Okctopus” is Robert Paulson and the octopus contains 88 hidden images. Here’s the list to find all 88 hidden objects in the octopus:
Flower, Gonzo Fist, Peace Fingers, Hawk, Hammer, High-Heeled Shoe, Cowboy Boot, Africa, Heavy Metal Fingers, Abe Lincoln, Bunny Rabbit, Guitar, Fork, Sword Levon Fowler (Artist’s Dog), Cowboy Hat, Baseball Bat, Sunglasses, Alligator, Butterfly, Ballet Dancer, Jf2016, Shamrock, Giraffe, Feather, Tomahawk, Arrowhead, Candle, Longhorn, Horseshoe, Star, Toenail Clippers, Tiger Paw, Bugle, The Number 8, Shark, Whale, Gecko, Wine Glass, Football, Bottle, Airplane, Pickup Truck, Bird, Dinosaur, Book, Paintbrush, Tiger Face, Hand Print, Foot Print, Pine Tree, Fish, 80S Telephone, Cat, Middle Creek Brand (Backwards R Attached To Backwards L), Deer Track, Music Notes, Raindrops, Bug, Saxophone, Pipe, Turkey Track, Boom Box, Acorn, Tooth, Pig, Adidas Sneaker, Chess Knight, Snake, Light Bulb, Check Mark, Eye, Unicorn, Peach, Knife, Key, Umbrella, Elephant, Bear Track, Nose, Scissors, Jellyfish, Ninja, Saw, Kite, Rooster, Domino, and Cactus.
5600 N. Western Avenue, Oklahoma City – South wall of Bruno’s building
By Jerrod Smith
Artist Statement: This ethereal work was inspired by the allusion to the vastness of the universe. It asks the viewer to interpret the subject as floating, levitating, falling, rising? The model is local artist and fellow mural artist Lauren Miller. We’re all coming and going at different speeds, with differing perspective, on differing paths and this work showcases that. This is a dimensional piece where the floating figure appears to be coming off the wall through a geometric space.
4416 N. Western Avenue, Oklahoma City – North wall of the Ketch Design Centre
By Julie “Juuri” Robertson
Located on the north wall of the Ketch Design Centre, this mural spans nearly 40 feet in length and nearly 20 feet in height. Julie “Juuri” Robertson worked on this mural over the course of 2 weeks by herself and this is the first large-scale artwork she had completed at the time.
Artist Statement: My mural is entitled “Fortune Favors the Brave,” alluding to the resilience of Oklahomans to withstand overwhelming natural and man-made disasters. No matter the hardships, we always bounce back and treat everyone with kindness, free of embitterment.
The muse for my piece is a local 14-year old girl who is beautiful inside and out. She is crowned with kimono-style florals and scissor-tailed flycatchers rendered in kimono style to represent my Japanese heritage.
The thin blue line represents law enforcement who have given so much of themselves in our times of need here in this state. As a volunteer for the police department in Norman, I can confidently say that our officers are some of the best people I have met in my time living here. (An Oklahoma City officer and a Norman officer helped me paint the blue line.) The line is placed behind the eyes of the girl to symbolize future watchfulness against threats, and the line in front of the left eye means that we will never forget the past.
3704 N. Western Avenue, Oklahoma City – North wall
By Erin Cooper, Amanda Bradway, and Lauren Miller
Aiukli, Choctaw, noun, Translation: Beauty. Artists, Erin Cooper, Amanda Bradway and Lauren Miller wanted to create something beautiful, meaningful, and long-lasting. When they were offered the this chance and given carte blanch to create a mural, their first thought was just to create something positive and uplifting that would be symbolic of all that is beautiful in Oklahoma. Finding a vision with all those qualities was not an easy task, but the answer came in the form of a 13-year old Choctaw girl named Bella Aiukli. As an active member of her tribe, she embodies many of the qualities that they wanted to convey in their piece. She’s connected to her roots in Oklahoma, but also a positive role-model to her peers and esteemed by everyone who knows her. They decided that she would represent Oklahoma as an entity. Her Choctaw heritage firmly rooted in the land, and her hopeful future as a native of this state. In addition to Bella as the central element, they decided to pull subjects from nature. In the mural you’ll find the buffalo, butterfly wings, catfish, scissor-tail feathers, bees, roses, and other natural elements. These elements are woven into Bella’s hair and head piece. They were careful to not appropriate any Native symbols that could be perceived as disrespectful, and created a modern and stylized look that is a departure from typical art with Oklahoma themed subject matter.
4408 N. Western Avenue, Oklahoma City – South wall
By Kris Kanaly, Dusty Gilpinm, and Jerrod Smith
Artists Statement: This mural is a celebration of nature and diversity. We build all types of things from natural elements in our planet. From the land we harvest resources used in the production of everything from bricks to donut sprinkles. Our resources and biodiversity are many, much like the array of colors in the spectrum of light permeating throughout the universe.
1708 N. Indiana Avenue, Oklahoma City
Plaza Walls is a rotating mural project located in Oklahoma City’s Plaza District and it’s mission to advocate and curate public art projects that benefit the community and inspire creativity. Launched in September 2015 by co-curators Dylan Bradway and Kristopher Kanaly, with approval by the Oklahoma City Arts Commission and Urban Design Commission, Plaza Walls is now one of the top Plaza District tourist attractions and has received a tremendous amount of support from surrounding businesses and community.
One particular wall off of 16th street and Indiana happens to change every month for LIVE! on The Plaza and every month different artists comes to paint over the 54′ wall. Then during the Plaza District Festival, Plaza Walls Mural Expo changes out the murals in the alley.
4200 N. Western Avenue, Oklahoma City – South wall of VZD’s Restaurant and Bar
By Jason Pawley
The inspiration behind Red Tail Halk was to show an Oklahoma icon as a spirit guide with a message of change. Jason Pawley utilized motion and orientation to project the wisdom of seeing situations from a higher perspective.
5219 N. Western Avenue, Oklahoma City – North wall of the Antique Avenue
By Scott Henderson
Artist Statement: With an interest in the communal experience that an artwork can invite, we would like this mural to explore a world of imagination where the public can establish meaning around parallels within reality. Our love of scientific illustrations mixed with the fantastic brought forth this mural design. This mural suggests the biological within an orchestrated scene in an effort to blend beliefs surrounding the study of life and illusion. Through this mural we seek produce something visually striking, colorful, and unique for Oklahoma City. Our ultimate intent is to create a sense of wonder in the viewer as wonder is described as intellectual passion and is often the catalyst for further study.
This archive contains murals that were featured in this guide, but are no longer up for whatever reason.
4616 N. Western Avenue, Oklahoma City – North wall
By Dr. Bob Palmer
The mural is from a photo Dr. Bob Palmer took of children playing in a farm pond swimming; having the time of their lives. For him, it brings back childhood memories of care free days and innocent fun. Dr. Palmer said, “since that mural is on an antique shop, what better way to recall the past than through remembering simple pleasures of the days gone by?”
This mural guide on Oklahoma City has a way to go from being complete so check back for updates as new murals are always under way. If you’re a mural artist and want to talk about your work of art, contact Dennis.