Ballpark sculpture "Who's Up" by Latino Artist Emanuel Enriquez Dedicated

From: El Tiempo - Your Latino Connection; September 4, 2002; pg. 1

More than 100 people turned out Labor Day to dedicate the last sculpture that was erected at Fifth Third Field in downtown Toledo. Dedication of the sculpture titled "Who's Up?" by Latino artist Emanuel Enriquez, took place an hour before the Toledo Mud Hens play its last game of the 2002 season.

On hand for the ceremony were George and Deborah Chapman, County Commissioners Sandy Isenberg and Harry Barlos, Mayor Jack Ford, Toledo City Council President Peter Ujvagi, Councilman Louis Escabor, Councilman Michael Ashford, Usan Reams and Margy Trumbull - Co-Chairs of Art in the Park, and Artist Emanuel Enriquez of Bowling Green, Ohio.

The sculpture was funded by a generous contribution from George and Deborah Chapman and the City of Toledo's 1% for Art Program. The City of Toledo provided $40, 000 with the remainder coming from private contributions. The sculpture cost $90,000.

The eight-foot by ten-foot, twenty-six hundred pound bronze sculpture features four life-sized children vying for a look through the knotholes of a fence to see which player is at bat. The sculpture is located on the sidewalk surrounding the ballpark along St. Clair St. Enriquez created "Who's Up?" to reflect the theme of old-time baseball reminiscent of knothole gangs that visited Swayne Field. "I believe this sculpture will bring baseball's nostalgia and the new together," Enriquez said.

"Who's Up?" is near the end of the list of planned public art to be installed at the Fifth Third Field. A "Historical Mural" by Artist Leslie Adams is expected to be the fifth and final addition, and will be located along the Washington St. side of the ballpark. The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo is currently seeking interested sponsors for the mural.

Susan Reams, Arts Consultant with the City of Toledo, said that when the five art works are completed they will make up the most comprehensive public arts collection in any minor league field in the United States. "When Mayor Ford took office he said that he wanted Toledo to become a place of distinction. This helps that effort. The Mayor has elevated the arts in Toledo, Ms. Reams said.

The Arts Commission of Greater Toledo is the longest standing arts commission in the state of Ohio that develops and promotes the arts in the community. Serving Fulton, Lucas, and Wood counties since 1959.

 

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