Original Size: 24" by 42", Original Medium: Oils on masonite.
Yankee Stadium opened for the first time April 18, 1923, since then it had numerous updates, but the essence of the stadium has never changed. The franchise is all about tradition, from their tradition to win, to their pin strips, their ballpark is no different. It is this dynasty that I wanted to capture in my vision.
I began forming the composition by placing the stained glass window in the centre of the panel. The window is actually present in the stadium and I believe it signifies the religious nature of the Yankees logo. From the window, I then took different aspects of the N and Y in the ballpark and worked them out from the form of the symbol. On the one side of the window the right field bleachers come out and mimic the shape of the logo When the depth of the short porch in right field is met with the flat plane of the window, it creates a flip between shallow and deep space. Above the window, the grooming pattern of the field is met with the flat plane of the window, it creates a flip between shallow and deep space. Above the window, the grooming pattern of the field mirrors the structure of the leaded glass and creates another off unified space.
Along the left side, is the traditional molding, which was present when the ballpark’s gates opened for the first time in 1923. Below, the outfield wall continues around to create depth in the playing field. The finishing feature is the wall of monument park, which is located behind the centre field fence. This wall jumps out at us, the numbers are those of Yankee greats begining with the famous number 3 of “the Babe.” The wall transforms into gravestones for the great players who have helped form the tradition, which is now one of the strongest in all sports. However, for me, these numbers are monuments for the dreams that the majority of athletes never fulfill, dreams which are laid to rest as no more then a vision.