Installation of  “The AFL/NFL Merger, 1966” Sculpture – the 3rd Moment of The ELEVEN

What: Installation of  “The AFL/NFL Merger, 1966” Sculpture – the 3rd Moment of The ELEVEN.

When:  9 am – 4 pm on Monday – Friday: June 13 – 17

Where: Lawn of the Eric Snow YMCA, 420 3rd St. NW, Canton

A flatbed truck arrived this morning from Colorado with the parts of a 25 foot tall steel and granite sculpture by artist David Griggs. The components of the sculpture will be forklifted across the street to lawn of YMCA and assembled on site.  The artist will be there on Tuesday and Wednesday overseeing the installation in preparation for a formal unveiling ceremony scheduled for Thursday June 23 at 12 noon.

Background: The ELEVEN is a $2.2 million public art project of ArtsinStark and The Pro Football Hall of Fame celebrating the greatest moments in professional football history.  The eleven monumental pieces of public art (sculptures, murals, multi-media arts) will be located within walking distance of one another in downtown Canton.  The first three moments will be sculpture, then will come murals and multi-media art.  The goal: to have all eleven moments completed by 2020 for the 100th anniversary of the NFL.

This abstract steel and granite sculpture is about becoming greater than the sum of the parts. In the 1960s, the two leagues battled endlessly.  This sculpture straddles the sidewalk as the two sides reach out to become one.  The artist is asking the public to guess which side represents the upstart American Football League and which the more established National Football League.

Artist David Griggs from Denver, CO is creating “The AFL/NFL Merger” – 1966 sculpture. Griggs has created over 45 commissioned works of art in the United States and Canada.  Recent commissions include projects for Albuquerque, Anchorage, Boulder, Chicago, Dallas, Ft. Lauderdale, Hope, Jacksonville, Madison, Santa Fe, Toronto, and Washington.

The Sponsors: Deuble Foundation, Hoover Foundation, Stark Community Foundation, Timken Foundation.

In-Kind Supporters: Hilscher-Clarke Electric, Rice’s Landscapes Redefined, The Vasco Group.