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NEWS RELEASE

City of Goodyear, Arizona

Communications Office

 

For Immediate Release: Jan. 15, 2009

Crane lifts giant ballpark sculpture Friday morning

 

GOODYEAR, ARIZ. (Jan. 15, 2009) – Cranes will hoist a 6,000-pound giant baseball sculpture off the back of semi-trailer flatbed truck Friday morning, and begin the task of positioning and installing the 60-foot fiberglass artwork at the entry of the Goodyear Ballpark.

 

The sculpture, designed by world-renown artist Donald Lipski, made it through the nasty weather in the Midwest, crossed the Rocky Mountains safely, and should arrive in Goodyear late this evening. The signature artwork was made at the Fiberglass Animals, Shapes & Trademarks Corp. (FAST) in Sparta, Wisconsin.

 

Before being lifted off the truck, 2,000 miles worth of road-grime will be power washed off the sculpture.

 

Here’s a tentative schedule for Friday, Jan. 16:

 

  • Early morning                                     Truck arrives with sculpture
  • 7 a.m.                                                    Artist Donald Lipski and team arrive
  • 10 a.m.                                                  Crane arrives
  • 11 a.m.                                                  Sculpture taken off the truck

Installation begins

  • mid- to late-afternoon                      Installation complete

 

The sculpture should be off the truck by 11 a.m., and installation is expected to take four to six hours to complete.

 

The baseball-themed creation will serve as a focal point and meeting place for fans visiting the ballpark. The sculpture is 60 feet, 6 inches high – the distance from home plate to the pitcher’s mound.

 

The $450,000 art work was inspired by the world-renown Romanian sculptor Constantin Brancusi and incorporates the themes of baseball and flight. Donald Lipski was selected to create this public art project by a group of art and architecture professionals, and a panel of community members. Lipski presented the concept and took comments during a public meeting last year. The artist was born in Chicago in 1947. His works have been exhibited at the New York Museum of Modern Art, the Whitney Museum, the Chicago Museum of Contemporary Art, the Brooklyn Museum, and many other venues.

 

Artist Donald Lipski will be available for interviews on Friday, January 16 and Saturday, January 17.

 

Goodyear Ballpark and Sports Complex is the spring training home of the Cleveland Indians and will host its first game on Feb. 25. The Cincinnati Reds will relocate their spring training operations to Goodyear next year.

 

Goodyear Ballpark is located at 1933 S. Ballpark Way, Goodyear, less than 20 minutes from downtown Phoenix. It is located at the southeast corner of Estrella Parkway and Yuma Road.

 

The stadium is still under construction and too new to be on MapQuest or GoogleMaps. 

 

Directions: I-10 west to Estrella Parkway exit, go south 2 miles, just past Yuma Road.

 


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