Original Okie: Laurie Keeley

by Michael Cooper


Laurie Keeley calls hers artform “yardistry.” She’s responsible for the eye-catching landscaping and design work you can see at This Land’s offices. A quick walk around the property, and you’ll notice the tools of her trade: heater coils, palates, and all sorts of dismantled odds and ends–all made from reclaimed materials. Her most recent outdoor project, a large couch upholstered in astroturf, has caught the interest of many Tulsans–but we’re proud to say that the couch she made for This Land was the first. Keeley tells us that someday, she’s going to plant a massive tipi in our backyard, which we hope to document for our readers, so keep an eye out for more Keeley creations cropping up along Peoria.