The Temple of Baseball
some new photos of the
sculptures he made for
the ballpark in Cincinnati a few years ago.
There's a lot of monumental sculpture
being made for sport stadiums these days,
and invariably it's BAD - OUCH - TERRIBLE
i.e. it's ugly and cartoonish
But Norikazu's work has all four of those fine qualities.
If this were medieval India,
he'd have been making erotic figures for Khajuraho
But since this is 21st C. America,
he's making ball players,
and that's fine with me
especially since these are three of my local heros:
Joe Nuxhall on the mound (he with the annoying knuckleball)
Johnny Bench behind the plate
(the engine in the "Big Red Machine"
that was a dynasty 30 years ago)
And Frank Robinson at bat
(the first great "colored" player
in Jim Crow Cincinnati)
What a sense of volume,
what a sense of action !
Norikazu was born to make
statues of baseball players.
(and I just had to do a post on baseball
while the Cubs are still contending
for the 2007 championship)