The Golden Driller Statue is a 75-foot-tall monument made of concrete and plaster. The original statue was papier mache. After being repaired, the current statue was erected in 1966 and moved to Tulsa Expo Center. The arm of the golden drill rests on an actual oil Derrick from Seminole, Oklahoma. It is available for photo-ops at various locations in Tulsa, including a parking area that allows for wide-angle shots.
The statue has become a Tulsa landmark, and is the most photographed in the city. It stands 76 feet high and weighs over 43,000 pounds. It has been there since 1966, but its roots go back to 1953. Although it is now a tourist attraction, new visitors should consider safety when visiting this statue. Whether you're visiting Tulsa for the first time or visiting for the first time, the Golden Driller will make a memorable impression.
The statue was donated by the Mid-Continent Supply Company and permanently installed for the 1966 International Petroleum Exposition.
The statue is 76 feet tall and weighs 43 tons. It was donated to Tulsa County Fairgrounds Trust Authority in 1979 and adopted as Oklahoma's official state monument. The sculpture was originally erected at a trade show and was later moved to a public park.