The long-awaited unveiling of statues honoring Washington Senators greats Walter “The Big Train” Johnson and Frank “Hondo” Howard and Homestead Grays great Josh Gibson took place at Nationals Park on Wednesday. The statues, created by artist Omri Amrany, are now on display in the Center Field Plaza. Below is the statue of Frank Howard:
More photos of this statue and the other two statues can be found at the Nats320 blog. Take a look at the photos, and let me know what you think of them.
I am neither an artist, nor an art expert, but I have to say that I HATE these statues! I understand the idea behind them…they are supposed to be illustrating motion…I get that. And I understand that this is a signature of this particular artist. But honestly, I think these statues are just horrible. The portion of each statue that is not supposed to be in a quick motion is fine, but to me, the additional appendages that are meant to show motion make Johnson, Gibson, and Howard look like aliens. These statues would fit in well at an art gallery or museum; however, in my opinion, they are far too artsy and abstract for a ballpark. Perhaps I will like them better when I actually see them in person on Monday when I attend the Nationals home opener. I hope so…but I have a feeling that I won’t.
These statues are quite a disappointment. I love the statue of Bob Feller at
Jacobs Progressive Field in Cleveland, and I was hoping the Nationals Park statues would be as cool as that statue. Unfortunately, they are not…unfortunately, these monstrosities are there to stay.
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Gotta offer congratulations to the Washington Capitals, who secured the second seed in the
NHL Eastern Conference playoffs with a 4-2 win over the Tampa Bay Lightning tonight.