About Spirit of the Buffalo

The Nature Conservancy of Oklahoma welcomed its very own Spirit of the Buffalo public art project beginning in January 2004 with the arrival of the first herd of buffalo in the buff. There have been Longhorn in Fort Worth, Horses in Billings, and Penguins in Tulsa and now it's our city's turn to join the stampede. This has been an opportunity to celebrate the arts in Oklahoma and to build meaningful relationships between major corporations, foundations, civic groups, merchants, individuals, the arts community, and The Nature Conservancy, all the while bringing satisfaction and a feeling of pride in knowing you are helping to protect Oklahoma's wild and threatened lands.

Between January and late April, 2004, Oklahoma artists helped the buffalo in the buff undergo wonderful transformations into sculptural works of art. As May 1, 2004 arrived, a herd of painted buffalo stampeded the streets of the downtown area. Everyone strolled amongst these gentle giants, got up close and personal, took pictures of their favorites, and just plain enjoyed their whimsical majesty. They've been grazing downtown and at various locations across Oklahoma ever since. The Spirit of the Buffalo project was adopted by Downtown OKC at the end of the Nature Conservancy display and because of the tremendous public interest in the project, the buffalo stampede the streets of downtown again in their very own Corral in Bricktown.

In December 2006, the Spirit of the Buffalo website project was taken over by its original artist/designer, Tammy Pinkston. Along with volunteers who have had a passion for this project all along, we'll continue to keep the project alive to represent the great state of Oklahoma, and in honor of the memory of the originator of the project, Keven Virgilio.

Spirit of the Buffalo is not only a celebration for all of Oklahoma, but is also a vehicle to showcase our cities, our artists, and our community spirit. We hope you will continue to join us in celebrating...

The herd rides on!

Spirit of the Buffalo originated as a public art project combining art, commerce and civic pride in Oklahoma featuring Oklahoma artists. Initial proceeds benefited the Nature Conservancy's work in Oklahoma. The website project continues through private funds.