Journey to the Center of the Universe … in Oklahoma
January 3, 2008
For those of you who were wondering where the center of the universe actually resides you can finally rest in peace. The Center of the Universe is in downtown Tulsa, Oklahoma. Located on the Boston Ave pedestrian overpass between 1st and Archer street this is truly a treat for anyone who ventures to find it. Coming from either side of this railroad overpass, you can follow a brick path that leads strait to a brick circle that is located directly over the tracks. When standing on this spot you can make any sound that you like and it will echo in your ears. What is so amazing is that no one outside the circle can hear it, no one outside the circle sounds like they are echoing to you in the circle and there are no serfaces near enough to the circle to produce an echo. Fun stuff. Its free and you can go there any time of day.
Also, near the Center of the Universe are a wonderful statue called Artificial Cloud by Robert Haozous, the beautiful art deco (former) train station and the BOK Tower which is the tallest building, not only in Oklahoma, but “in any of the five ‘Plains States’: Oklahoma, Kansas, Nebraska, North Dakota, and South Dakota, as well as the surrounding states of Missouri, Arkansas and New Mexico.” according to Wikipedia . Though I can’t find any source, the BOK Tower is rumored to be a 52 floor scale replica of the late great World Trade Center (even though it is only one tower). It was in fact designed by Minoru Yamasaki & Associates who also designed the Twin Towers.
Also, just on the other side of the Center of the Universe is one of Tulsa’s cultural districts called the Brady District which contains Tulsa’s two largest music venues (the famous Cain’s Ballroom and the Brady Theater), a sprinkeling of art galleries, and the only glass blowing studio in Tulsa (Tulsa Gathering Place). You should maybe check it out.