ART DEDICATION TO BE HELD SATURDAY, APRIL 9
(April 6, 2011) Baseball fans and art lovers, alike, will marvel at “The Pitch” – before the ‘first pitch’ of the Frisco RoughRiders game on Saturday, April 9 at 6:15 p.m.
Before the first weekend game of the 2011 season, the RoughRiders and the City of Frisco will team up to celebrate the official unveiling of “The Pitch”, by Colorado sculptor Gail Folwell. The dedication will be just outside the home plate main gate of the Dr Pepper Ballpark, 7300 RoughRiders Trail.
Weighing in at 1500 pounds of steel and bronze, “The Pitch” stands 12 feet tall and is a twice life-size contemporary rendition of a baseball pitcher in a dynamic, post release ‘follow-through’.
Mayor Maher Maso and members of the Frisco City Council will join Scott Sonju, President/General Manager of the Frisco RoughRiders, in a ribbon cutting commemorating “The Pitch”.
“Frisco is known for being a sports centric community,” said Mayor Maso. “The Frisco RoughRiders helped us grow that reputation when the Dr Pepper Ballpark opened in 2003. But our city’s character is eclectic, too. While we are passionate about sports and fitness, we value the importance of public art. What I appreciate most about ‘The Pitch’ is its amazing ability to bring some of both worlds together.”
“The Pitch” is the latest addition to the City of Frisco’s Public Art Program, which dedicates up to two percent of capital project funds for the commission and installation of public art. Established in 2002, the City of Frisco’s Public Art Collection includes more than 50 pieces throughout the community.
“I, myself, and members of the Public Art Board are thankful to everyone who participated in the selection of “The Pitch” for the Dr Pepper Ballpark,” said Richard Oldham, Public Art Manager, City of Frisco. “We hope it will become an iconic element for the RoughRiders and a source of pride for this community.”
In April 2009, Folwell was selected from a pool of 74 artists and six finalists by the volunteer Artist Selection Committee, which included representatives from Frisco’s art and business communities, the Frisco ISD, city staff, as well as Sonju.
“The RoughRiders are thrilled to add “The Pitch” at the front gate of Dr Pepper Ballpark,” said Sonju. “We strive to provide our fans with family friendly entertainment at one of the most unique and beautiful venues in all of baseball. “The Pitch” only adds to that beauty and is a great focal point for our fans.”
On a related note, Folwell’s miniature of “The Pitch” was among 52 jury selected sculptures, paintings and photographs recently exhibited at The National Art Museum of Sport at Indiana University-Purdue University in Indianapolis.