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Chris Barbee's Bowling Ball Yard Art

E021 Rd, Nowata, Oklahoma USA

“folk art made with bowling balls”

Carol Barbee liked roses. Wanting to decorate her rose bed, Chris brought Carol some gazing balls. But these gazing balls were quite durable and could withstand an Oklahoma storm, because they were actually old bowling balls. After Carol's death in 1997, Chris wanted to keep her memory alive and decided to make something with the bowling balls that she liked. This started Chris' first project; the bowling ball fence along the road. Then came the alphabet. The whole thing took on a life of its own; Chris became known as the 'Bowling Ball Man.' Chris has a friend, Amy, that helps collect the materials and come up with ideas for projects. Many others have donated bowling balls, bowling pins, old trophys and funds to purchase material to build some of the creations Chris has made. Any donation of items or ideas for new projects are appreciated. Material can be dropped off in the yard. ("Just kick 'em out- I'll find 'em!) Chris also has set aside bowling balls collected from other states or 'special' bowling balls. He currently has Star Wars, Scooby Doo, Minnie Mouse, Cartoon Network, Oklahoma State University, University of Oklahoma, and NASCAR bowling balls. Hand painted artwork by Joseph Phillips graces a bowling ball and pin from Coffeyville, KS.  12 states are also currently represented. If you'd like your state represented, bring a ball on your visit-be sure to paint your name and state on it- and it will join the 'specials.' You are also welcome to dedicate a ball in memory of someone. Paint their name and information on the ball, and it will be displayed for all to see.

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Reviewed by
MeeshaRene

  • 11 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
July 09, 2017
Rated 5.0

This is not at the right address but when you turn around, you will see signs that point you to the yard art and you can see it from the incorrect address! It's really a must see! Way more interesting to see in person. It's free, You can drive through it and I'm pretty sure no one was home but they leave the gate open and welcome people to view the art. It was awesome to see all the creative things you can do with a bowling ball! I told my husband I HAVE to have one of those flowers in the yard. It was a bowling ball in the middle and bowling pins made the petals. Really cool!

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Reviewed by
MrsCop

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
April 15, 2017
Rated 4.0

Still there April 2017. Still pretty sweet!

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Reviewed by
apersinger

  • 2 Reviews
  • 0 Helpful
October 28, 2016
Rated 5.0

This was such a cool stop!!! We got to visit with Chris and he was very welcoming and informative. We got pictures with him and he even took some family pictures for us. Some of our favorites was the pool table, breast cancer ribbon, croquet and the flag! It's only a mile off pavement and well worth the trip!!! I am now the cool mom to my family for finding this adventure!!!

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Reviewed by
PapaNewch

  • 1 Review
  • 0 Helpful
October 04, 2016

Sorry folks. It's no longer there. Not a bowling ball in sight. 😣

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Reviewed by
Ego

  • 5 Reviews
  • 2 Helpful
March 19, 2016
Rated 5.0

This place is awesome, don't miss it.

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Reviewed by
AmyNMattGorry

  • 1 Review
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March 11, 2016
Rated 5.0

Kids enjoyed was very unique. Go when it's not raining lol

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Chris Barbee's Bowling Ball Yard Art

E021 Rd
Nowata, Oklahoma
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