Many roadside attractions strive to obtain the world’s largest designation but don’t have a prayer. These do and then some. Find the world’s largest praying hands in Tulsa, Oklahoma.
The world’s largest praying hands reach a total of 60 feet high and weigh 30 tons, also making them among the largest bronze sculptures in the world. The giant hands in prayer were designed by artist Leonard McMurray and were cast in Ciudad Juarez, Mexico in 1980.
The piece depicts two ultra detailed large hands upright, with fingers touching, as if in prayer. Inscribed on the base is a Bible passage from Luke 2:52: “And Jesus grew in wisdom and stature, and in favor with God and men.”
Originally titled “The Healing Hands” it was installed at Oral Roberts University in Tulsa, Oklahoma in the early 80s. For years the sculpture lived in front of the university’s City of Faith, a medical center devoted to faith healing. In 1991, after a series of lawsuits bankrupted the center and forced them to close their doors and be converted to office space, the giant hands were moved to their current location at the entrance to the university.
These aren’t the only giant praying hands you can visit on a Route 66 road trip. Also look for the not quite as big but still big Giant Hands in Prayer in Webb City, Missouri.
If you’re looking for a roadside attraction of biblical proportions, this Tulsa sculpture just might be the answer to your prayers!
World’s Largest Praying Hands
Address: 7777 S. Lewis Ave., Tulsa, OK
Hours: Monday-Friday 8am-10pm; Saturday 10am-10pm, Sunday 10am-7pm
Cost: free to see