The fate of the Carlyle Motel sign on Route 66 in Oklahoma City is worse than I thought. Click here for my original post on the subject.
Both sides of the sign (referred to in the promotion as east and west) are being sold off as puzzle pieces. Most of the pieces have already been purchased. Here are some screen shots. You’ll want to click on these images to enlarge them. Hat tip: “Dustin.”
You can still buy the T if you want. It’s $495.00
From the National Consortium on Creative Placemaking:
“Creative placemaking is a new way of making communities more livable and prosperous through the arts, and making them better places for the arts. Creative placemaking is about more than public art or performing arts centers. It is about making places better for everyone.”
The significance of the Carlyle Motel sign to Oklahoma’s stretch of Route 66 was historic and economic. The sign was the book-end in a stretch of great neon signs along NW 39th Expressway. In fact, until the restoration of Automobile Alley, NW 39th Street just east of Portland to MacArthur had the longest stretch of neon signs in the city. There is still a lot of neon left on the street including the above Arby’s sign in all its hat and glory. I took that picture in 2008 or 2009.
There is even some relatively new neon at a used car dealership, Credit Connection, on 39th. The only picture I have of it I snapped with an old camera phone, but you can see the owner invested some serious coin in signage. That’s because signs are important.
Click here to review the primary principles that guide creative placemaking. These are from ArtsPlace, a collaboration of 13 foundations and banks that makes grants to help transform communities.
Finally, I wrote this commentary for KOSU in July 2012 about click here to see my collection of retro signs throughout Oklahoma City.