'Virtual Sky': Bringing The Oklahoma Sky Indoors Through Sculpture

Aug 20, 2019

A world-renowned artist is bringing the Oklahoma sky indoors to Oklahoma City’s future MAPS 3 Convention Center.

The Oklahoma City Council has commissioned Narduli Studio to create two sculptures called Virtual Sky” in the new convention center. The building’s two atriums will each house a sculpture, made up of titanium rods and LED lights suspended from the ceiling.

“You can see this changing light display on these titanium rods, and I think it will give you a sense of the great volume and the sense of light that the Oklahoma sky typically has,” says Randy Marks, OKC’s Public Art Project Manager.

The piece will also come with a special feature. “It can be programmed to actually respond to a data-feed from real-time, so that it can change with the changes that are in the climate and in the sky,” says Marks.

The sculptures will cost up to $1.3 million. With 1% of the over $150 million construction required to be used for art, there will be plenty of money left over for further projects.

Marks expects the sculptures to be finished when the Convention Center opens in the fall of 2020.