The Campbell Hotel is featured in two 13-by-40-foot murals that were dedicated this morning at Tulsa International Airport.
“Signs of Life” and “Get Your Kicks On,” a pair of photo collages by Liz Ingersoll of Mia Bella Art, focus on signs and landmarks in Oklahoma. “Signs of Life” features images of signs advertising past and present Tulsa businesses, while “Get Your Kicks On” showcases the commercial art and signage of Route 66 in Oklahoma.
The Campbell Hotel’s iconic blue neon sign appears in both works.
Ingersoll said she began shooting some of the photographs that appear in the two murals as early as 2007, but she didn’t start putting them together until 2009.
“This (collage project) wasn’t even in my line of sight when I first started taking pictures,” she said.
Ingersoll said the demolition of several prominent Tulsa landmarks inspired her work.
The Camelot Hotel, which once stood at the intersection of I-44 and Peoria Avenue, and the Metro Diner, which was on Route 66 just a few blocks east of The Campbell Hotel, were “part of my history,” she said.
“I was affected personally,” Ingersoll said. “I didn’t even realize I was attached to these things until they came down.”
We know the feeling. When an historic landmark is demolished, a piece of the community’s heritage vanishes with it. Fortunately, the spirit of preservation is alive and well here in Tulsa. Guests at The Campbell Hotel can find it in our lovingly restored architectural details, in our theme rooms — which celebrate Tulsa’s unique identity — and in the enthusiasm of our staff, who are proud of our building’s rich history.
When you fly into Tulsa, be sure to take a look at the beautiful artwork as you pick up your luggage — and don’t forget to book a night or two with us while you’re in town. We’ll even pick you up at the airport after you finish admiring Ingersoll’s work.
To learn more about The Campbell Hotel or to make a reservation, visit www.thecampbellhotel.com.