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Another Nationals Park public art submission

Earlier in the week, I wrote about the new public orb art that's scheduled to arrive at Nationals Park next spring. Since then, a co-worker sent me this concept from one of the invited entrants for the installation, which obviously was not chosen.

This one comes from Urbana, an architecture and design firm in L.A. Here's the description from the firm's Web site:

Undulating lighted facade system for parking garages serves as a gateway to the new Washington Nationals Baseball stadium. The landscape of aluminum screens is derived from the basic principles of baseball pitches.

Baseball is a game of rules of play and the laws of physics. Along with these constraints, however, it is also a game of psychology and personality. Nowhere is this more beautifully expressed than in the showdown between pitcher and batter. It is here that almost every play in baseball starts. Anyone who listens to a baseball announcer has heard the terms change-up, breaking ball, and rising fastball, and yet, it is hard to get an experiential understanding of the nature of each of these pitches. This project embodies the landscape of possible pitches, each with their own personality, that might appear in the dual [sic] between pitcher and batter.

You know what guys? It's a parking lot. And it's not hard to get an experiential understanding of the nature of a parking lot. You park cars there.

(Thanks to @JDLand)

By Dan Steinberg  |  August 4, 2010; 12:34 PM ET
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Looks like the venting on your average outdoor A/C unit.

Posted by: rdpinva | August 4, 2010 1:40 PM | Report abuse

This proposal obviously lost out because they failed to factor in the effect of the throws being made by a pitcher with five arms.

Posted by: FeelWood | August 4, 2010 2:59 PM | Report abuse

LOL...I lived in LA for a couple years, and vapid design like this is one of the reasons why LA is known for having the least appealing skyline of any major city in the country.

Posted by: js_edit | August 4, 2010 4:45 PM | Report abuse

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