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New Public Artworks on Display at Nationals Ballpark

Thursday, March 12, 2009

The DC Creates Public Art program of the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities (DCCAH) is thrilled to announce the dedication of two new public art works at the Nationals Ballpark. These exciting projects showcase public art to the approximately 2.5 million patrons attending baseball games at the Washington Nationals Ballpark each year. This places significant artworks in the entry plaza and along the concourse, which adds to the texture of an up and coming and vibrantly diverse retail neighborhood. 

Omri Amrany of Timeless Creations, Inc., located in Highwood, IL has been commissioned to create energetic bronze figures to commemorate great legends in the history of baseball in Washington DC–Frank Howard, Josh Gibson and Walter Johnson. The white bronze sculptures evoke team spirit and will encourage the public to reflect and learn more about baseball’s history. Amrany states that the figures “Capture the incredible motion or each of the ball players in a contemporary figurative style, brought to life through their spirit, the strength of their emotion and most importantly, their skills as world class athletes.” His respect for their spirit is clearly reflected in the figures he presents at the ballpark.

“Players spring after fly balls, make spectacular leaping catches, stop ground balls which are seemingly out of reach and hit pitched balls with their bats that travel faster than many cars.” The Ball Game, by Washington, DC artist Walter Kravitz, is a new public art work encompasses the spirit of the game and skill of its athletes. The piece is comprised of four suspended mobiles with approximately 48 hand-painted figures hanging in action. Each of the mobiles will rotate to a familiar, yet freshly composed tune of Take Me Out to the Ballgame. This multimedia work celebrates the strategy, skill and grace of the game while, creating a magical atmosphere along the concourse at the top of the Grand Staircase.

The artworks were selected by a jury of stakeholders, DC residents and arts professionals at the end of a competitive process. Both projects are commissioned and owned by the DC Creates Public Art Program and the DC Commission on the Arts and Humanities. The projects have been commissioned in collaboration with the Washington Nationals (WN), the DC Sports and Entertainment Commission (DCSEC), and Hellmuth Obata and Kassabaum, P.C. (Architect), for the stadium. Local officials are hoping the ballpark will not only be a sports venue serving as a cornerstone for the new Anacostia River waterfront entertainment district, but also be viewed as an impressive sports architecture and arts destination.

The public will witness the dedication of two installations at Nationals Park, a suspended installation of Walter Kravitz and sculptures of Josh Gibson, Walter Johnson and Frank Howard by Omri Amrany. The event starts Wednesday, April 8, 2009 at 11am. Doors open at 10:30 am. This event is free and open to the public.