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NEWS RELEASE

City of Goodyear, Arizona

Communications Office

           

For Immediate Release: June 22, 2009

Goodyear Ballpark's "Ziz" wins national art award

GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (June 22, 2009) Goodyear Ballpark's sculpture ?The Ziz,? located in the center of the plaza, was named one of the top public art projects in the nation during the Americans for the Arts annual convention in Seattle on June 20.  The Year in Review award recognizes projects based on their creativity, craftsmanship and ability to create a sense of place.

"The Ziz," by Philadelphia artist Donald Lipski, stands 60 feet 6 inches, the distance from the pitcher?s mound to home plate. Named for a mythological bird that rules over and protects smaller birds, the fiberglass work resembles a stretched baseball with red stitches.

"The Ziz" was one of only 40 public art projects selected from more than 300 entries to receive this prestigious award. Internationally renowned artists Janet Echelman and Mildred Howard reviewed 304 public art projects and selected 40 that represent the most compelling work for the year from across the country. Artists? names were not listed with the project.

Since 2001, the Public Art Network?s Year in Review award has recognized outstanding public art projects through an open submission and selection process. It is the only national award that specifically recognizes public art projects. The field is advanced by the commitment of artists to produce exceptional work, public art programs and administrators who facilitate public processes, and the two independent curators. 


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