These are photos from last Thursday, April 23. Already, a lot more work has been done. (I can't keep pace.) Many of our walls must have extraordinarily smooth finishes, because they will have photo murals applied. So any pictures for the next week or so will probably be of the walls, and the plainer the better!
The wall finishes in the Entry Gallery range from 10' high on the north wall to 17' on the south wall.
A view of the People of the Plains enclosure, left, and the passage from the Entry Gallery, right.
The steel structure supporting the rising, curved wall of the Tornado Theater is now covered. In the third and fourth photos, the overlook from the mezzanine has been sealed (the area above the red line). In the fifth photo, you can see how the sheetrock has been bent to follow the curvature of the existing corner. The last photo is the interior of the closet that will hold equipment for "Terrible Tuesday," the presentation inside the theater.
Ironically, one of the plainest walls in the gallery eventually will become "Artistry of the Plains." Should be a bit more attractive then.
The main part of the gallery will be a large, open space. Well, except for a couple of walls that will be 12' high and 24' long.
This is the area in and around the Oklahoma Museum Network (OMN) Gallery, where every six months we rotate science-based exhibits for kids. It's a popular place in the museum, even for grown-ups.
This is the area in and around the Terry K Bell Exhibition Gallery. When I took these photos, the overhead lights were casting a shadow of the windmill fan on the wall outside the Bell Gallery.
Last, but definitely not least, photos of Prehistory.... All of the plywood has been covered now with wallboard. Just like in the Tornado Theater area, I didn't know you could bend plywood/wallboard in a 90-degree curvature like that.
From time to time, we'll post info here about what's going on at the museum.