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Built to the designs of noted architecture company Boller Brothers, The Criterion serves as a prime Oklahoma City landmark since the year 1921. Known for its appealing French-inspired foyer and its sprawling auditorium hall built with an Art Deco-style balcony, it has hosted some of the finest concerts and live musical galas over the decades. The performing arts venue underwent a major design overhaul in the year 1973 and ever since, continues to host an eclectic program of performances by noted bands and solo musicians. In the past, the famous American gospel singer Kirk Franklin has graced the stage at Criterion.
In 1889, over two million acres in present-day Oklahoma was opened to settlement by President Benjamin Harrison. However, land couldn't be claimed until after noon on April 22 of that year. Over 50,000 settlers lined up on that day, and when a canon was fired at noon it was off to the races to claim some land. This monument, designed by local artist Paul Moore, is at 1.5 scale, giving the pieces a larger-than-life appearance.