They say life imitates art. But, sometimes, art imitates art. And that’s what you’ll find in Calument, Oklahoma when you see the Muffler Men mural on Route 66.
Muffler men roadside attractions are fiberglass giants who stand anywhere from 14 to 25 feet tall. Each has a similar design and was built between 1963 and 1972 by International Fiberglass in Venice, California. With signature stances, these big men stood outside of muffler shops and other businesses to call attention from the road.
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You can find several muffler men on Route 66 but the ones you’ll find in Calument, Oklahoma are a little different. Here, the 3D fiberglass statues are replaced with giant 2-dimensional cutouts.
California-based artist John Cerney is well known for his over the top cutout murals and giant highway art. The Route 66 muffler man mural does not disappoint. He collaborated with artist Scott Farmer of Sculpture Island to create these three 18-foot tall giant cutouts that line the side of the road. One, a traditional Bunyan muffler man holding an ax, modeled after one found in Flagstaff, Arizona. One a Uniroyal Gal, the muffler man’s female equivalent, modeled after Nitro Girl in New Jersey. And one a green-wearing gas station attendant who breaks out of the traditional static pose to dance the twist.
While you’re driving Route 66 in Oklahoma, pull over for this exciting work of art. And look out for that twist!
Interested in finding all the muffler men on Route 66? Also check out the Gemini Giant, Carl’s Ice Cream Muffler Man, Muffler Man Holding a Hot Dog, the Atlanta Muffler Man head, the Lauterbach Giant, the Harley Davidson Muffler Man, Mega Mayor Muffler Man in Uranus, Route 66 Food Truck Park Chef Muffler Man, Buck Atom Space Cowboy, and the 2nd Amendment Cowboy.
Muffler Men Mural
Address: 10000 E1020 Rd, Calumet, OK
Cost: Free to see
Hours: Always Visible