Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Alan Heathcock Story Memorialized on Oliver Russell Building

Posted By on Tue, Jun 12, 2012 at 11:15 AM

Alan Heathcocks Street Lamps painted onto the back wall of the downtown Oliver Russell offices.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • Alan Heathcock's "Street Lamps" painted onto the back wall of the downtown Oliver Russell offices.

A short story by local author Alan Heathcock, "Streetlamps," became public art on the exterior walls of the downtown Oliver Russell building (commonly called the "I Love You building"), courtesy of the steady hands of local artist Grant Olsen.

"He worked hanging power lines across the high desert prairie," begins the oil-black text on the gray wall. "Towns bloomed with electric light."

Fittingly, the wall faces an alleyway with a canopy made up of criss-crossing black electrical lines. Olsen painted a black silhouette of that image just below the story's text.

"Streetlamps" tells his fictional account of Heathcock's full-blooded Cherokee grandmother first meeting with his grandfather. Their real-life encounter ended with a wedding, which provoked much controversy in their small mid-western town. Heathcock told that story for thislandpress.com.

Streetlamps, painted by Grant Olsen, sits in the shadow of more than a few power lines.
  • Andrew Crisp
  • "Streetlamps," painted by Grant Olsen, sits in the shadow of more than a few power lines.

Heathcock has talked about his love affair with Facebook more than once, a truth evident to any of his almost 2,000 friends. Yesterday, he posted photos of the yet-to-be-revealed piece, which will see a formal debut during the Poster Party 2012 event at the Oliver Russell building at 217 S. 11th St. Thursday, June 14 from 6-10 p.m.

Hear Heathcock read "Streetlamps", and tell tales of his family's Oklahoma roots for This Land's "Imaginary Oklahoma" series.

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