"Derrick Floor Sculpture" Artesia Things to Do Tip by TooTallFinn24

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  Close Up of the Men on the Derrick Floor
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  • Close Up of the Men on the Derrick Floor - Artesia
      Close Up of the Men on the Derrick Floor
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  • Derrick Floor Rig - Artesia
      Derrick Floor Rig
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  • Working on the Derrick Floor - Artesia
      Working on the Derrick Floor
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  • The Partners Sculpture - Artesia
      The Partners Sculpture
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A lot can be said about a town's history by a sculpture. The Derrick Floor Sculpture is a striking bronze sculpture depicting what life is like on a drilling rig. The sculpture which is built in life like form shows a four man drilling crew that was typical of a drilling rig operation in Southeastern New Mexico. The oil rig itself is cut off at 34 feet and the sculptures of the men manning the rig are 125% of their normal size. The Derrick Floor was built by Cody, Wyoming sculptor Vic Payne and dedicated in 2004. On a plaque near the statue it reads that this is dedicated to the men and women who take the risks, and do the work to find, produce and refine New Mexico oil and gas."

On the same parcel of the sculpture are shown, "The Partners," a smaller sculpture which depicts two local Artesia area men Mark Chase and Johnny Gray who developed an oil and gas partnership that was a successful local company for many years. They are featured leaner over a pick up truck to make a deal which apparently was the way they did business in the 1970's.

Address: South Sixth and West Main Streets

Review Helpfulness: 2.5 out of 5 stars

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  • Written Feb 16, 2012
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