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Could The Flaming Lips help save Oklahoma City's Gold Dome?

Whatever the future of the Gold Dome in Oklahoma City, it's not likely to thrive as an income-producing investment property. It needs an owner, not another mere investor.
by Richard Mize Published: March 23, 2013

“It makes me sick to my stomach to think it would be gone,” said Randy Floyd, an architect who helped lead the successful protests against Bank One when it tried to raze the dome in 2001. He told The Oklahoman that Box will face a fight, too.

“I can't imagine anything put on that spot that would cause the kind of passion that people have for that building. I think people will want to rise up again. I can't imagine anyone has lost attraction to that building over these few years,” Floyd said.

Agreed: No one who loved the Gold Dome then has lost it. A Facebook page popped up Friday afternoon: Search for “Save OKC's Historic Gold Dome” if you want to “Like” it and support it.

But, a decade of trying suggests strongly that the future use of the property is not as leasable space. Its future, if it has a future, lies in its real value to Oklahoma City: as a piece of art — a big, not-very-functional, historic, piece of eccentric art.

So, it needs an eccentric owner, an artist, an unusual owner-occupier.

Calling Wayne Coyne and friends. The Gold Dome is weird enough — ah, eccentric — on the outside. Considering what y'all did with the Womb art gallery off downtown, imagine what a touch of The Flaming Lips could do with the inside of the Gold Dome. Or maybe just lend your Lips to the cause.

by Richard Mize
Real Estate Editor
Real estate editor Richard Mize has edited The Oklahoman's weekly residential real estate section and covered housing, commercial real estate, construction, development, finance and related business since 1999. From 1989 to 1999, he worked...
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