Golden Driller
Posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member stoneposse
N 36° 08.018 W 095° 55.869
15S E 236233 N 4002750
Largest freestanding statue in the world
Waymark Code: WM1HK
Location: Oklahoma, United States
Date Posted: 09/16/2005
Published By:Groundspeak Premium Member GeoMonkeys
Views: 121

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The Mid-Continent Supply Company of Fort Worth first introduced the Golden Driller in 1953 at the International Petroleum Exposition. It was temporarily erected again for the 1959 show and attracted so much attention that the company had it rehabilitated and donated it to the Tulsa County Fairgrounds Trust Authority. It was permanently installed at the 21st Street and Pittsburg Avenue site for the 1966 International Petroleum Exposition. His right hand rests on an old production oil derrick moved from an oil field in Seminole, Oklahoma.

The Driller has been ravaged by weather, survived tornadoes, photo sessions with tourists, attacked by vandals, assaulted by souvenir seekers, shotgun blasts, and has even had an arrow in the back. Art critics have even ridiculed the poor old man.

The basic angle-iron structure made of plaster and concrete will withstand 200 mile-an-hour winds. It was refurbished and painted gold by Gibco, Inc. Tulsa, Oklahoma, in time for the International Petroleum Exposition of 1979. Since then the Golden Driller has guarded the main entrance of the Exposition Center where various trade shows, conventions and consumer events are held. He has collected a host of friends, not only in Tulsa, but also from around the world.

The "Golden Driller," has towered above the International Petroleum Exhibition (IPE) Building, on the Tulsa Fair Grounds, since 1966. The International Petroleum Exhibition (IPE) Building claims to have the world's largest unobstructed interior volume. The roof of the building is suspended by a mesh of exterior beams and cables, leaving plenty of room for monster equipment shows and the latest model backyard derricks.

Golden Driller Statistics:

Largest freestanding statue in the world
Weight - 43,500 pounds
Height - 76 feet
Belt size - 48-feet in circumference
Shoe size - 393DDD
Hat size - 112 hard hat

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Price of Admission: 0.00 (listed in local currency)

Size of a typical object of this: 6

Height of object in feet: Not listed

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