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News » US » Nabholz to build pop culture museum » published 24 Sep 2018

Nabholz to build pop culture museum

Nabholz has won the construction contract for the Oklahoma Museum of Pop Culture (OKPOP), which will be built in Tulsa.

Oklahoma Historical Society (OHS) is client for the project, which has been designed by Tulsa-based Lilly Architects and Overland Partners of San Antonio, Texas. The museum is aimed at telling the story of the creativity of Oklahoma’s people and their influence on popular culture around the world. Members of OKPOP staff are collecting artifacts, photographs, archival materials, film, video and audio recordings that represent Oklahoma’s creative history.

The architectural design concept – which was unveiled in July – has been described as ‘grit and glitz’. "The 'grit' is the concrete and steel that speaks to the work ethic and drive of our citizens,” said architect Chris Lilly. “The 'glitz' is the illuminated metal panels that speak to the bright lights and wonder associated with the substantial contributions of Oklahoma’s creatives and their impact on popular culture.”

OHS received US$25m from the state to build Okpop and adjacent parking garage. This will be matched by an initial private fundraising campaign to raise US$15m for exhibits and collections. The City of Tulsa has pledged US$3m and Interak Corporation has donated the property, valued at approximately US$1m. The private campaign has already been launched with a US$1m challenge grant from the George Kaiser Family Foundation.

The project will break ground early fall of 2018 and open in 2020.


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This article was published on 24 Sep 2018 (last updated on 24 Sep 2018).

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