Monday, October 4, 2010

Bill Mack and the Twins

Although Bill Mack typically does gallery work, Bill's relationship with the Pohlad family, (owners of the Minnesota Twins), inevitably lead him to once again add another group of sports figures to his already impressive resume of Sports Hall of Famers. Kirby Puckett, Harmon Killebrew, and Rod Carew are just a few of many Sports figures created By Bill Mack. Bill Mack has also created works from Peggy Fleming, Casey Tibbs, U.S. Hockey Hall of Famer Hobey Baker, Tennis legend Arthur Ashe, and many more.

A statue of Calvin Griffith, the first owner of the Minnesota Twins was unveiled on September 3rd outside the Target Field. The ceremony was joined by Twins fans as well as baseball legends, Harmon Killebrew, Rod Carew and the Griffith family. Bill is not finished as the Twins and the Pohlad family have also commissioned Bill to install a similar bronze statue of Carl and Eloise Pohlad later this Fall. A location for the unveiling has not yet been determined.

Bill Mack primarily works in relief sculpture, however, this project was especially unique. There were many reasons Bill decided to accept the commissions to create larger-than-life statues, however, a few simple reasons close to Bill Mack were enough to move forward. Bill was recently quoted in an ESPN article as saying, "This Twins project was unique, I'm a big Twins fan and it just seemed like a good marriage." Bill Mack is also a Minnesota Native and a has always enjoyed watching the Minnesota Twins.

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