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UPDATE: High winds force postponement of Bible museum replica

The Museum of the Bible is set to open in November in Washington, D.C., but Oklahoma City metro residents will have an opportunity to view a replica of a significant

Artist Larry Kirkland, the Gutenberg Gates create an entrance to Museum of the Bible that helps convey its mission to contribute to guests’ understanding of the Bible. Inspired by Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the moveable-type printing press, the gates display the first 80 lines of Genesis in Latin, as originally printed in the Gutenberg Bible. [Photo provided by the Museum of the Bible]
Artist Larry Kirkland, the Gutenberg Gates create an entrance to Museum of the Bible that helps convey its mission to contribute to guests’ understanding of the Bible. Inspired by Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the moveable-type printing press, the gates display the first 80 lines of Genesis in Latin, as originally printed in the Gutenberg Bible. [Photo provided by the Museum of the Bible]
aspect of the museum Saturday and Sunday, Oct. 28 and 29, at Penn Square Mall, 1901 Northwest Expressway.

As part of a national, five-city campaign, the Museum of the Bible will tour replicas of its Gutenberg Gates in Oklahoma City.

The replica gates were to be available for public viewing on Friday, but high winds forced Museum of the Bible leaders to postpone erecting the structures. A spokeswoman said the hope is to have the structures up for viewing on Saturday and Sunday. 

Made to the scale of the grand structures flanking the entryway of the museum in Washington, the replica gates will be at the Oklahoma City metro mall before moving on to Times Square in New York City and the National Mall in Washington.

The gates bear the passages of Genesis 1:1-31 in Latin, as found in the Gutenberg Bible, the first major book printed using moveable metal type.

While the touring gates were constructed using truss, plywood, truss wrap, exterior vinyl and a lightweight brick façade, the Gutenberg Gates at Museum of the Bible are made of bronze and are the largest panels of their kind in the world.

Artist Larry Kirkland was commissioned to create the entrance gates that will greet museum guests when Museum of the Bible opens on Nov. 17.

A Museum of the Bible spokeswoman said the replica will be available for viewing by the general public from 10 a.m. Saturday to 6 p.m. Sunday.

Posted by Carla Hinton

Religion Editor

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Artist Larry Kirkland, the Gutenberg Gates create an entrance to Museum of the Bible that helps convey its mission to contribute to guests’ understanding of the Bible. Inspired by Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the moveable-type printing press, the gates display the first 80 lines of Genesis in Latin, as originally printed in the Gutenberg Bible. [Photo provided by the Museum of the Bible]

Artist Larry Kirkland, the Gutenberg Gates create an entrance to Museum of the Bible that helps convey its mission to contribute to guests’ understanding of the Bible. Inspired by Johannes Gutenberg’s invention of the moveable-type printing press, the gates display the first 80 lines of Genesis...

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Carla Hinton

Carla Hinton, an Oklahoma City native, joined The Oklahoman in 1986 as a National Society of Newspaper Editors minority intern. She began reporting full-time for The Oklahoman two years later and has served as a beat writer covering a wide... Read more ›

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