Elon Musk’s face seems on Tulsa’s Golden Driller statue in bid to woo Tesla


Tulsa Golden Driller Statue with Elon Musk's face

That is tremendous bizarre.


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Tulsa, Oklahoma actually desires Tesla to select town for its new Gigafactory. Whereas there are certainly behind-the-scenes talks surrounding tax breaks and different advantages for constructing the carmaker’s new manufacturing plant within the metropolis, Tulsa’s famed Golden Driller additionally obtained a brand new look. And by new look, I imply somebody painted Elon Musk’s face on the statue and decked it out in Tesla gear.

Native newspaper Tulsa World snapped photographs of the completed product and people passing by grabbed their very own pictures of the kinda-creepy tribute to the Tesla CEO. The Gold Driller’s face includes a composition that undoubtedly resembles Musk whereas the statue’s belt buckle options the Tesla title. Throughout the determine’s chest sits a large, purple “T.” Yeah, it is actually bizarre.

One native resident identified the irony of a fossil-fuel icon being bedecked within the livery of an electrical carmaker.

All the hoopla actually kicked into excessive gear after the Related Press reported Tulsa is a finalist for Tesla’s central US Gigafactory. Austin, Texas is reportedly on the shortlist as effectively. When Roadshow contacted the workplace of Tulsa Mayor G.T. Bynum, the mayor would not touch upon any negotiations however mentioned, “It’s clear that Tesla and Tulsa have been solid in the identical spirit,” and added, “Tulsa is a metropolis that does not stifle entrepreneurs — we revere them. And as Tesla continues to quickly change transportation all around the globe, I can not think about a greater place for them to additional that vital work than Inexperienced Nation.”

Again in March, Musk broke the information that Tesla was seeking to discover a new space to construct a 3rd Gigafactory within the US. Particularly, the plant will produce the Tesla Cybertruck and deal with Mannequin Y manufacturing for the east coast. Tesla didn’t reply to a request for remark when requested in regards to the doable web site areas.

Not solely did Tulsa roll out the purple carpet to enchantment to Musk personally, however Mayor Bynum even mentioned town’s police drive would flip to the Cybertruck, ought to the automaker plant roots in Tulsa. In a tweet, the mayor mentioned it could solely make sense to “purchase native” and supplied a rendering of a Cybertruck rocking a Tulsa police livery.


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