Supersize Christmas bulbs, pine cones wrapped in red ribbons and lights are going up with care — and the assistance of a crane — at Devon Energy Center.
Preparations for the first Christmas at the new 50-story headquarters at 333 W Sheridan Ave. actually began two weeks ago with the installation of lighting in the south courtyard and rigging inside the Rotunda.
Most passers-by, however, are far more likely to notice the installation this week of colorful human-size Christmas bulbs along Hudson and Harvey avenues and in the new courtyard across from the Myriad Gardens.
Rob Reynolds, construction manager with Hines, which manages the property, said the decorations are a trademark of Stephen Stefanou, whose other iconic, large-scale seasonal displays include Rockefeller Center in New York City.
“Larger-than-life holiday images … that's what they are known for,” Reynolds said. “They (Devon) wanted to show a holiday image that's unique and iconic, that gives an image people can remember year after year and hand down to their children and their children's children.”
Stefanou was the perfect candidate for creating a new holiday tradition at Devon Energy Center, Reynolds said. Stefanou was tasked by Devon with ensuring the decorations, especially the lighting, respected other corporate traditions in the city and was a uniquely different addition to the city's Christmas festivities.
“He works outside the box,” Reynolds said. “He works with the site, and he goes for a larger-than-life experience.”
Klay Kimker, vice president of administration at Devon, said tours of other corporate holiday displays began in December 2011, and Rockefeller Center always stood out as a chief inspiration for what would be attempted at Devon Energy Center.
Ornament installation is set to be completed by Thursday. Installation of the 9-foot pine cones will take place in the Rotunda on Saturday, while construction of the largest bright red ornaments along Sheridan Avenue will take place through Sunday.