In celebration of the installation of Joe Slack's "Birdwatching OKC Lightning Thunder Dance Party", OKC Beautiful is throwing a dance party in the street! Classen Boulevard, between NW 7th and NW 9th Street will be closed to traffic and will instead be filled with live music (by SquadLive), food trucks, and dancing. Tickets are $20 each, and provide two drinks and admission to the event.
Pictured above is Joe Slack with "Birdwatching OKC Lightning Thunder Dance Party", OKC Beautiful's 50th Anniversary Public Art Project. Joe is a wood and metal sculptor working and living in Oklahoma City. Joe and his assistant put 1,800 hours into this project between sketching, measuring, cutting, installing, and painting. When asked to reflect on the two-block mural, Joe said, “I feel very proud of the accomplishment. When I look at the piece it just makes me smile, which is the best possible result. I hope that it contributes to a furthering sense of pride and community in the area. You can’t have a thriving, thinking, productive, and happy community without the contribution of public art. I also hope it makes people smile and makes their commute just a little bit better than it was before.”