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Compass sculpture changes course for the Boathouse District

Commissioned by Leadership Oklahoma City, “Compass Rose” was originally intended to grace Bicentennial Park between the Civic Center and City Hall.
by Brianna Bailey Published: September 4, 2013
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The compass design was also reminiscent of a compass rose design in the floor of Oklahoma City's City Hall building.

However, the “Compass Rose” sculpture ultimately didn't fit into the designs of the multimillion-dollar Project 180 park remodel, and a new course for the sculpture was charted for the Boathouse District, where it just seemed to fit, said Pat Downes, development director of the Oklahoma City Riverfront Redevelopment Authority.

“Once I saw what the art piece looked like, it struck me and a lot of other people as a natural fit for the river corridor,” Downes said. “The idea of putting this particular piece of art in the Boathouse District is perhaps even a better fit that the original location.”

Morrel believes his sculpture has found the perfect new home.

“At the end of the day, I think it was poetic justice,” Morrel said.

by Brianna Bailey
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Brianna Bailey has lived in Idaho, Germany and Southern California, but Oklahoma is her adopted home. She has a bachelor's degree in Journalism from the University of Oklahoma and has worked at several newspapers in Oklahoma and Southern...
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Once I saw what the art piece looked like, it struck me and a lot of other people as a natural fit for the river corridor. The idea of putting this particular piece of art in the Boathouse District is perhaps even a better fit that the original location.”

Pat Downes,
Development director of the Oklahoma City Riverfront Redevelopment Authority

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