News OK | OKC to get glimpse of Museum of the Bible … at local mall

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 aspect of the museum Friday through Sunday 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.

Made to the scale of the grand structures flanking the entryway of the museum in Washington, the replica gates will be erected 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. Friday to 6 p.m. Sunday.

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