Today the world has awoken to a giant statue of Elon Musk, with a superhero Tesla “T” on his chest, and a Tesla belt buckle. It stands over 70 feet tall, and has quite the interesting backstory.
The “Golden Driller,” a 75 foot high statue of an oil driller, gets painted every now and then for special events or holidays. As the city’s officials try and appeal to Tesla, and gain an estimated 10,000 jobs for their locale, they’ve taken an ironic artistic license with their landmark.
Now sporting the giant Tesla “T” on its chest, and even with an uncanny representation of Elon Musk’s face, the Driller represents the opposite of what he usually stands for.
Tulsa had the statue donated in the ’50s, by a Fort Worth, Texas company that had the statue built for the International Petroleum Expo. After resting at the city’s fairgrounds for a few years, it once again looked over a Petrol Expo, when one came to Tulsa in 1966.
Now, the Driller’s Tulsa belt-buckle reads “Tesla,” which juxtaposes its dedication plaque inscribed with, “The Golden Driller, a symbol of the International Petroleum Exposition. Dedicated to the men of the petroleum industry who by their vision and daring have created from God’s abundance a better life for mankind.”
This is the first time that the statues face has been reworked. Hopefully it doesn’t scare Elon away. If that is the case, Tesla may move forward with setting up its Cybertruck shop in Texas, the state that originally donated the giant man.