Red Chair Visits Bartlesville, Oklahoma — Part Two

Another post from Olive Swan.

Little Red’s angular lines contrast with the curves of the 66 sculpture close to downtown. The sculpture was designed by Robert Indiana whose father worked for Phillips 66.

Perhaps you can see a similarity to his more famous work, the LOVE sculpture with the canted “O” in New York City.

(Little Red rests under the swoop of the 6 on the right.)

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A close-up of Little Red in the “eye” of a 6 in the 66 sculpture.

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Frank Lloyd Wright only designed two vertical-oriented buildings and one is the Price Tower. Considered Wright’s only skyscraper, he designed it to have retail shops on the first couple floors, residences and offices on the middle floors, and the H.C. Price company offices on the top. This unique structure now houses an art gallery, an inn, a bar, and some rooms to tour with the original furniture.

Little Red is in the bottom left of the photo, balancing on a sign to look up at Price Tower. (If Little Red could actually see, that is.)

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Sitting across the street from Price Tower, the Bartlesville Community Center was designed as a foil to Wright’s stark, cold, coppery masterpiece. It’s round, reddish, warm, and squat. Notice the hint of a swoopy valence of a stage curtain.

Little Red’s straight lines might match Price Tower, but his red color matches the Community Center.

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Apparently, Little Red likes trains, judging by all the photos of him at this refurbished steam engine just north of the Phillips 66 offices. First he takes a ride on the cattle catcher, then he decides to ride the rails by a tank car. After a brief stint as the Little Red Chair-boose, he heads back to the engine to drive the train. Or, he would if the train could move, and if Little Red could actually drive.

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Bartlesville was a stop on the Atchison, Topeka & Santa Fe railroad and Missouri-Kansas-Texas railroad. The depot is in good shape, but as you may be able to see from the sign, there are offices in the main part of the depot.

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One Response to Red Chair Visits Bartlesville, Oklahoma — Part Two

  1. Katherine says:

    I like the chair placement in the first picture of the “66” sculpture. Fun.

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