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Tulsa Mayor Unveils 75-Foot Tesla Statue In Honour Of Elon Musk

Tulsa Mayor Unveils 75-Foot Tesla Statue In Honour Of Elon Musk

A city in the US has unveiled a huge 75-foot, golden statue of Elon Musk.

G.T. Bynum, the mayor of Tulsa, Oklahoma, proudly unveiled the city's landmark Golden Driller statue outside the Expo Centre this week, which had been modified to resemble the billionaire tech mogul.

The Golden Driller was originally erected back in 1966 and adopted as the state monument 11 years later.

Mr Bynum is a huge fan of the 48-year-old South African and hopes the gesture will encourage him to base his Gigafactory in the city.

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Taking to Twitter, the US politician said Musk now boasted one of the tallest statues in the entire country.

He said: "Tulsa is a city that doesn't stifle entrepreneurs - we revere them! Golden Elon Musk is now the sixth tallest statue in the United States."

The statue was unveiled at the Expo Centre in Tulsa. Credit: PA
The statue was unveiled at the Expo Centre in Tulsa. Credit: PA

It comes as reports began to circulate that Tulsa and Austin, Texas, had been shortlisted by Musk as locations for a new assembly plant.

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In a statement released earlier this week, Mr Bynum drew on the obvious similarities between Tulsa and Tesla as reasons for the city to win the race.

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He said: "While I cannot comment on potential projects, it is clear that Tesla and Tulsa were forged in the same spirit.

"Both founded by pioneers who dreamed big and made it happen. Both trying to change the world with a new kind of energy. Both investing big in what matters most: people."

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And in a statement released in the week, Oklahoma Governor Kevin Stitt said that seeing as people often mistake Tulsa for Tesla and vice-versa (very doubtful), it makes total sense to bring them both together.

He said: "To Elon Musk and Tesla, the people of Oklahoma love our trucks, we love our rockets, and we would love to partner with you here in our great state.

"As a Tulsan myself, I can tell you that confusing the names Tulsa and Tesla has happened more than once, so it would only be appropriate to have a Tesla factory right here."

Back at the beginning of May, Tesla was cautioned by health officials against reopening its California car factor, CEO Elon Musk has said that the company is going to move its headquarters out of the state.

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At the time, the entrepreneur tweeted to say that Tesla would be filing a lawsuit against Alameda County 'immediately' as this move is 'the final straw'.

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Topics: Interesting, US News, Technology

Dominic Smithers

Dominic graduated from the University of Leeds with a degree in French and History. Like you, Dom has often questioned how much use a second language has been. Well, after stints working at the Manchester Evening News, the Accrington Observer and the Macclesfield Express, along with never setting foot in France, he realised the answer is surprisingly little. But I guess, c'est la vie. Contact us at [email protected]