Ok, folks, I’m a little embarrassed to admit how long it took us to find this must-see site in Tulsa. We had heard about this mysterious site near the Arts District… the “Center of the Universe” and the “Artificial Cloud”. Despite following our GPS, which turned out to be absolutely correct, we kept missing this giant sculpture!
Luckily, we decided to park and fanned out on foot, which is when we finally found it!
“Artifical Cloud” was created by Native American artist Robert Haozous in 1991. The sculpture is 72.5 feet tall, and yes, that’s a cloud at the top! Haozous created this piece on the premise that more people would look at a rusting steel cloud than at the real thing.
Right at the base of the cloud, is a circular area called the “Center of the Universe”. While details online were a little fuzzy, we knew something special was supposed to happen when you positioned yourself in the center and started talking. I tried to capture it on camera… which was a bit of a fail… so you’ll just have to take my word for it. Your words really do echo and bounce back to you!
I’m glad we kept hunting and tracked this place down. For those with wheels, the easiest way to make a quick visit is to park in front of the Jazz Depot (which is currently being remodeled). You’ll want to make sure to access this area from Archer St. to avoid any stairs.