OKPOP Breaks Ground


OKPOP, The Oklahoma Museum of Popular Culture, celebrated their ground-breaking ceremony on October 23rd with dazzling golden helmets borrowed from the Golden Driller, an Oklahoman icon, and specially commissioned guitar-shaped shovels. OKPOP will stand across the street from the iconic music venue Cain’s Ballroom, on Tulsa’s Main Street.  

VIPs and rock stars alike lined up on stage to celebrate the next phase of this exciting project. OKPOP will celebrate the Sooner State’s ‘Crossroads of Creativity’ by sharing stories of the many talented Okies who contributed to film, music, literature, television, and much more. The visitor experience will spotlight the creative figures of Oklahoma’s past and present, inspiring future generations to follow in their footsteps.

From the outset, hsd has worked with OKPOP providing planning and creative design services for the project. Renderings of OKPOP – first unveiled in the summer of 2018 – are a collaboration between the Oklahoma Historical Society, Tulsa-based Lilly Architects, Overland Partners from San Antonio and hsd.


Photo credit: Phil Clarkin Photography.