of Goodyear, Arizona
Immediate Release: June 22, 2009
Goodyear Ballpark's "Ziz" wins national art
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
"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