New public art on display in downtown Oklahoma City

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OKLAHOMA CITY - There is something new popping up all over downtown, all in an effort to beautify Oklahoma City.

"It's a timeline of the downtown Oklahoma City's development," said artist Adam Lanman. "I basically made 60 color panels, divided them into five categories."

The red symbolizes buildings that were created or destroyed.

Green represents an economic situation of Oklahoma City's past, and the white band represents the bombing in 1995.

Engineers, welders and historians helped create the historic timeline.

"It's not only something that celebrates the city itself but also the history and development of the city," Lanman said.

Local Artist Amanda Bradway's illuminated art will be displayed along the Bricktown canal.

"It will be a backlit LED box that she's doing art inside of, and so people will just be passing it and not knowing it's coming," said Staci Sanger with Downtown OKC, Inc.

And, Leigh Martin will create a yarn vine that will constantly evolve.

"It will change and evolve as the seasons change," Sanger said.

All projects share a $20,000 budget from the Non-profit Downtown OKC, Inc.

They started the Artist Invitational last year as a way to draw in visitors.

"Creates the culture behind a downtown. It's what makes it interesting. It's what makes people stay and linger instead of jetting out of town," Sanger said.

Some of the art will stay up permanently like Jason Pauley's mural on the bridge into Bricktown.

"We ask the artists to solve one of two problems - to create something in an empty space that doesn't have anything for people to come and visit and then to create something that sparks conversation,” Sanger said.

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