Center of the Universe, Tulsa

Center of the Universe, Tulsa (must see)

The Center of the Universe is a small, concrete circle surrounded by bricks. It is between Archer Street and MLK Jr. Boulevard. It is known as an acoustic phenomenon due to the fact that standing on the circle allows one's voice to be echoed and distorted at an amplified volume.

Those near the Center of the Universe can take advantage of the brick pavers placed nearby. These signify spots where passersby can hear the strange sound effect from those who are inside the circle.

The project was designed by architect John Laur of JKL Architecture. The purpose was not to create an auditory anomaly but to serve as a decorative outdoor walking path. It is thought that the low planter walls nearby reflect the sounds, which causes the delayed echo.

The Center of the Universe can be reached at any time of the day or night. There is no admission, but visitors might have to wait for others to take their time enjoying the mystery spot.

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Center of the Universe on Map

Sight Name: Center of the Universe
Sight Location: Tulsa, USA (See walking tours in Tulsa)
Sight Type: Attraction/Landmark
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Walking Tours in Tulsa, Oklahoma

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