The Toledo City Paper; July 7 -11, 2002 edition
easy to take for granted the simple things that make our lives enjoyable:
sharing a backyard barbecue with friends, watching fireworks on
the Fourth of July or attending an afternoon baseball game on a
artist Emanuel Enriquez attempted to capture a similar Americana
innocence in “Who’s Up” a bronze sculpture scheduled
to be installed in July at Fifth Third Field at the corner of St.
Clair and Monroe streets. The title of the work refers to rogue
groups of children who used to watch ballgames “illegally”
though the holes in the fences.
a growing national trend, the new Mud Hens stadium incorporates
original, public art, designed specifically for the stadium site.
Enriquez joins four other artists chosen from a field of more than
40 national and international artists who submitted concepts.
Up?” Enriquez depicts four children peering though a knotty
fence to watch a ballgame. The artist says that he desired to capture
the innocence of youth, and the simple pleasures of growing up.
The artist chose to set his work in 1927, when the Mud Hens won
their first national pennant. For inspiration, Enriquez tuned to
old “Little Rascals” movies, gleaning ideas from their
clothing and expressions.
watching ‘Little Rascals’ and would just laugh at the
antics and the situations on that show,” said Enriquez. “It
was that innocence and commonality with the everyday world that
I wanted to embody in the kids for ‘Who’s Up’.
Kids back then didn’t have video games and computers to play
with. They had to rely on their own ingenuity and neighborhood friends
In the maquette,
Enriquez has a group of three older children on the left side of
the fence, while a younger boy with a stick climbs upon a barrel
to the right side for a view of the game. Enriquez, a Bowling Green
artist, chose three local children to model for the sculpture, including
an African-American male from the inner city, a Latino boy from
the rural area and a young girl from the East side.
visited Cooperstown, N.Y., home of the Baseball Hall of Fame, and
researched the time period, including the period bats and gloves
to make sure he got the details just right.
wanted to capture the period and feel of the era,” said Enriquez.
“You can only get that information first-hand by actually
seeing the objects and experiencing them in the flesh.”
traveled to Pennsylvania to handpick the wood for the fence, which
is more than 150 years old. It will be molded can cast in bronze
to preserve its texture – and, of course, the knotholes.
making a work of art, it’s just so important to really reflect
what exactly you’re trying to depict,” said Enriquez.
“The wood for the fence was very important, and it just had
to convey the look and feeling of an actual old fence.”