A vibrant urban cultural life is an important city asset. Over the past decade, Oklahoma City has focused substantial economic development and revitalization efforts and resources on enhancing the city’s “creative” character, especially downtown. In 2012, the Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs was established as a component of the Administration of the Planning Department to work with the Arts Commission, oversee the coordination of the 1% for Arts ordinance, facilitate cultural planning and implementation, and facilitate relationships between artists, cultural organizations, and governmental and civic organizations.
Oklahoma City leaders know that arts and cultural investments make cities great places to live, to travel and study, and more attractive for economic development. Their wisdom has been supported by recent national studies that have found that cities with these types of community and economic benefits instill a sense of pride and loyalty in citizens often resulting in faster growing creative economies.
The City of Oklahoma City and the
Oklahoma City Public Property Authority (OCPPA) announced a call
for professional artists to create an interior public art piece
for the newly constructed Lincoln Golf Course Clubhouse in early
2013. Lincoln Park Golf Course is a 36-hole championship course
located at 4001 NE Grand. Through the 1% for Arts program the
Office of Arts & Cultural Affairs was able to administer an
intensive selection process for the artist that was ultimately
chosen through a jury panel. Artist, Paul Vexler was chosen to
construct a suspended piece for the Lincoln Golf Course
Clubhouse that was installed in January 2015.
Paul Vexler has artistic excellence, originality, and the ability to produce a consistent body of work that reflects his style and the projects intent. Paul is known for making large scale, lightweight, suspended sculptures.