Native Color was commissioned by the citizens of Bartlesville as a part of Tower Center at Unity Square and dedicated in the spring of 2021. This interactive art installation celebrates the unity of our community as our “Third Place” - an urban destination where every person is welcome, regardless of age, gender, finances, culture or lifestyle.
This piece was created by Tulsa-born artist and designer Amie J. Jacobsen. Her inspiration comes from the state wildflower of Oklahoma, Gaillardia pulchella, commonly known as “Indian blanket.” The piece is meant to celebrate the strong Native American history of the area and honor the flora and fauna of the prairie. Honeybees, toiling atop the flowers, are another state symbol and represent communities working together.
The whimsical stainless steel flowers and honeybees were created in Amie’s Kansas City studio. The colorful cast glass flower petals were created by artist Dierk Van Keppel of Rock Cottage Glassworks in Merriam, Kan.