Orlando Magic Practice Facility - CODAworx

Orlando Magic Practice Facility

Client: RDV Sportsplex

Location: Orlando, FL, United States

Completion date: 1998

Artwork budget: $20,000

Project Team


Mary Gillis

Mary Gillis LLC


Karl Droppers

RDV Sportsplex, MPV Sports Clubs


Ascent to Victory was commissioned for a new construction sports complex and practice facility for the Orlando Magic Basketball Team. As such, I incorporated the Magic’s star logo at the top and bottom of the sculpture. The star ascends on a wing, as if taking flight. Reminded of the famous sculpture, Winged Victory, in the Louvre Museum in Paris. The original title of that sculpture is Nike of Samothrace. Interesting to note that the Nike swoosh logo was inspired by the very same sculpture.


My goal was to create an inspiring image honoring the Orlando Magic Basketball Team. The sculpture plays an important role architecturally given its main entrance hallway installation beneath skylights.