D.C. botch: Art at the ballpark

April 9, 2009
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The unveiling of the fairly hideous new artwork at Nationals Park in Washington, D.C. (see article and photos here) got me wondering if anyone has done this sort of fusion of sports arena and visual art any better.

A quick search led me to Seattle's Safeco Field, where the art seems to actually have been given some thought. And I love the idea of distributing Helen Lessick's series of art baseball cards at the opening season game. Kudos to the marketers who approved or came up with that savvy move.

Your thoughts on the work at these parks? And can you point me toward other baseball stadium or sports arena art that works for you? And would you like to see Victory Field take steps in this direction?
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  • Reminds me a little of Kinkade at the IMS. Thankfully that didn't involve our tax dollars like it did in DC.
  • There is a very cool set of sculptures of overscaled football equipment at Invesco Field At Mile High in Denver. http://www.waymarking.com/waymarks/WM3MCW
    (there is also a sculpture/water feature of running broncos that is very traditional)

    The Toronto Blue Jays have a nice sculptural relief depicting baseball fans at their stadium.

    The University of Oregon has cool photo-mosaics of football players in front of their stadium, by Mike Mandel.

    Various other sports facilities have realistic sculptures of players or mascots.

    But Safeco Field in Seattle has the best public art of any sports facility I know of.

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