Inclined 2000 9’ x 17 x 5 bronze, concrete, steel
Inclined is a site specific public art installation commissioned by the City of Oklahoma city for the Bricktown development. The bronze, steel and concrete sculpture is conceptually based on the writings of Dr. Bob L. Blackburn documenting the history of the neighborhood. Dr. Blackburn is the Executive Director of the Oklahoma Historical Society.
The concept of “Inclined” was derived from the history of the bricktown area and its surroundings. The nearby “Deep Deuce” neighborhood was a thriving
african-american area and bricktown was a warehouse district with busy loading docks and railroads. It has now been developed into a popular entertainment district. The imagery of “Inclined” is derived from the struggles of those original neighbors as well as the historic structures themselves; the railroads, loading docks, and post & beam construction of the warehouses. “Inclined” is a Sisyphus-like image reminding visitors to Bricktown of the history of the people and the neighborhood.