PHOTOS: Sapulpa art teacher paints mural at Tulsa Airport


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As visitors arrive and depart from Tulsa International Airport, they are greeted by a new mural designed and painted by artist Carmen Taylor.

The bright colors of the children soaring through the air on scissor-tailed flycatchers contrasts against the background lettering to create an eye-catching treat for visitors.

“The ‘Imagine’ mural is located at Tulsa International Airport outside of departures across from American (Airlines) and Delta,” Taylor said. “It is 11’6″ high and 48′ long.”

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“The mural depicts three kids riding on the backs of scissor-tailed flycatchers. The kids are flying airplanes and waving the Tulsa flag.” She said, “The scissor-tailed flycatchers have Indian Paint Brushes in their beaks. In the background, the word IMAGINE can be seen. The mural is playful and meant to inspire all who see it to just ‘imagine’.

“IMAGINE” was designed and painted by Taylor. Her son, Maddix Taylor of Owasso, assisted in the process of transferring the sketch onto the building and painting the background. She said she spent over 90 hours painting this mural.

Art is created in many shapes and sizes, but the art of Taylor is only limited by the size of the wall. Taylor, a junior high and high school art teacher at Sapulpa Public Schools, has completed more than 20 murals throughout the state of Oklahoma.. She said Tulsa International Airport ended up being the perfect home for this mural design.

“I received a ‘Tulsa Creates Together’ grant though Living Arts of Tulsa,” she said. The project was sponsored and funded by Living Arts of Tulsa and the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

“I have my eye on something;” Taylor said, “we will see if it comes to life.

She is available for commissions. For her contact information and to view former projects like her on Facebook at Art by Carmen Taylor.

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