It's often been said that when they made the Phillie Phanatic, they broke the mold. The Phillies and the local art community are putting that theory to the test.
The Phillies announced that they will be teaming up with local artists, businesses, charitable organizations and the City of Philadelphia to create an exciting "Paint the Phillie Phanatic Public Art Project." The Phanatic, who is one of Philadelphia's most recognizable icons and has recently been voted the #1 sports mascot in the country, will be immortalized with a number of five-foot fiberglass statues - all of which will be painted by local artists and displayed throughout the city in March and April of 2009.
The painted statues will be auctioned off with net proceeds being directed to Phillies Charities.
"This will be the first time a sports mascot will be featured in a public art project for charity," said Tom Burgoyne, also known as the Phanatic's best friend. "We are excited to partner with the art community and can't wait to see their vision of the Phanatic!"
Professional artists who are interested in painting a Phanatic statue are asked to submit a brief letter of interest, a resume and sample of previous artwork and a concept sketch of the Phanatic. The deadline to submit an application is Friday, December 5, 2008.
Businesses and local organizations interested in being part of the project can download a "Civic Partner Application." Civic Partners will have an opportunity to display the statue and be part of the publicity surrounding this once-in-a-lifetime event.
Local Artist Selected to Paint First Phanatic
Max Mason, a local artist from Wynnewood, PA, was tapped to paint the first Phanatic. Entitled the "Phanatic's Fanatics" the statue will represent the enthusiastic Phillies fans. Mason presented the Phanatic with the first of these statues in front of a sold-out crowd during the Phanatic's Birthday Celebration at Citizens Bank Park, held prior to the Phillies-Blue Jays game on Sunday, May 18.
"It's a real honor to be part of this program," Mason said. "This project will undoubtedly encourage children to pursue the arts in their everyday lives. The Phanatic is such a wonderful symbol of the community. He keeps us all young at heart and so does art." Mason's creation will be on display at Citizens Bank Park throughout the season.