of Goodyear, Arizona
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
- 11 a.m. Sculpture
taken off the truck
- mid- to late-afternoon Installation
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.
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
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
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.