Sports and art converge

8 06 2010

Some stories take longer than others and each has a unique background for how it began and developed. This AOL Fanhouse story that looks at sports stadium art took a very long time, primarily because of the vastness of sources. My intention was to highlight sports stadiums, arenas and ballparks which have incorporated art aside from statues. Lots of sports complexes have statues — Willie Mays in front of AT&T Park, Michael Jordan welcoming fans to the United Center — but few have murals or paintings or sculptures inside. Well, fewer.

Amway Center in Orlando and the Florida Marlins’ new ballpark, which is expected to open in 2012, will continue a trend carried on recently by Dallas’ Cowboys Stadium and Minnesota’s Target Field in which high-quality artwork is valued. That isn’t to discredit the statues at various sports complexes. It’s just that the works highlighted in this story could be mistaken for museum pieces. Instead, they’re found at your local sports stadium, arena or ballpark.

The story is only 1,500 words but the picture gallery is longer than a Red Sox-Yankees game. There are 29 pictures, all with captions. I recommend at least looking at the pictures, although the captions have some pretty cool information. Make sure your pop-up blocker is temporarily turned off so that you can view the gallery.

Click the link below to read the story.

Art Finds a New Home in Sports World




One response

8 06 2010
Page Seven

That dude painted with both hands at the same time??? Jesus christ I feel incompetent.

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