EDMOND — Outside the new Mitch Park YMCA and Edmond Competitive Pool is the city’s newest piece of artwork, “West Edmond Oil Field.”
The sculpture, unveiled this week at J.L. Mitch Park, is a project of the city of Edmond and the Edmond Parks Foundation. The cost was $105,000. The parks foundation raised $75,000 and the city’s Visual Arts Commission paid the remaining $30,000.
Jim Franklin, of Perry, is the sculptor.
“West Edmond Oil Field“ increases Edmond’s public art collection to 151 pieces. Four other pieces are pending.
The West Edmond Field was one of the most productive oil fields in the world.
At its peak in 1944, the field produced 7.75 million barrels of oil, half of Oklahoma’s total production in that wartime year when demand was at its highest. The field produced a payroll of $500,000 a month, meaning jobs were available that kept Edmond veterans at home when they arrived.