Client: The Thomas J Evans Foundation
Location: Newark, United States
Completion date: 2018
Artwork budget: $480,000
The Thomas J. Evans Foundation
Metal Arts Foundry
Newak City School Superintendent
“Football, circa 1890” / 7ft 4in high x 12ft 6in wide x 4ft deep / Bronze /
This project was commissioned to honor pioneers of the gridiron. It portrays a turn of the century football team, having played a contest of wills on the field, now standing in union and brotherhood. The faces, postures, and homemade uniforms, convey their grit, determination and love of the game. Those that funded the project desired me to show the strength, commitment and fellowship exemplified by the rich tradition of Newark Ohio High School football.
During the 3 year project, I sent bi-weekly photos and videos to the foundation that funded the project. I kept in contact with them in all creative details, such that they both felt and knew they had a hand in every step. I was open to suggestions and made changes to suit their wishes. During the casting into bronze, I made weekly visits to the foundry to supervise every process, to insure quality.
A pure pleasure to bring these boys to life. I once heard someone say, "Beauty is a pathway to God". I feel the truth of those words and use my gift to facilitate just that.