New orb sculpture coming to Nationals Park
I guess this is old news, but it's new to me, and so you're being subjected to it: Nationals Park will get a third exhibit of public art early next year. It sounds sort of interesting. There are various descriptions of this installation whirling about; here are three.
ESPN the Magazine: The Park will unveil "30 stainless steel orbs illuminated by programmable LED lights showing the trajectory of a fastball in motion. Due to be on display in spring 2011, the installation is the latest addition to the Nats' already impressive artistic arsenal."
Washington Business Journal: "Thomas Sayre with Raleigh, N.C.-based Clearscapes Inc. is designing 30 'stainless steel-domed forms which will accurately follow the theoretical model of the trajectory of a curving fast-ball pitch,' said Sarah Massey, spokeswoman for the D.C. Commission on the Arts and Humanities. They will be suspended by early next year from the eastern garage."
The steel spheres with cutout 'laces,' each seven feet in diameter, will feature programmable LED lights for an 'iconic wow factor,' said Gloria Nauden, the commission's executive director.
'It's not just the fireworks at the stadium,' said Deirdre Ehlen, the commission's public art coordinator. 'It can be the lights too.'
A "curving fast-ball pitch?" Awesome. Washington Business Journal also reported that that installation will cost $951,200, making it Nats Park's most expensive work of art, not counting Strasburg's right arm.
Thomas Sayre: The sculptor's Web site says his challenge was "to intensify, and add delight to the entry experience from the north into the Washington Nationals baseball stadium; and to create art which can successfully connect the realms of 'entertainment' and 'art.' "
Inspired by the primary action of the game of baseball itself - the pitch followed by the hit - this public art project consists of a succession of polished stainless spheres derived from a spinning baseball which depicts physics of how a 90-mile per hour pitch is able to curve in such extraordinary ways. Eighteen stainless steel "baseballs" follow the theoretical model of the trajectory of a curving fast ball pitch. The western garage façade will show the more straight and higher-angled trajectory of the same ball as it is hit by the batter and is depicted with twelve "baseballs." The pitch comes at you from the left and sails off from you to the right as you enter.
Sure. Hope it did well in the Philly test demos.
August 3, 2010; 1:29 PM ET
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