34 x 2.5 in. (86.36 x 6.35 cm)
A wooden bat epitomizes America’s favorite pastime. For the sculpture, hero, the sweet spot of the bat is rendered useless; a hole in the armor, letting us peek inside. What is not there, we fill. Even with flaws, all is forgiven, as long as magnificence is gained. A relationship imagined by fans, wishing they were the hero.
The baseball bat is the Alex Rodriquez ‘Grand Slam’ Louisville Slugger model. A-Rod, the infamous New York Yankees baseball player, is a classic case study in professional sports in the face of public and media pressure. An extraordinary athlete with celebrity status, yet mired in controversy.
Hero honors Constantin Brancusi’s sculpture Bird in Space, sharing visual and philosophical similarities. Brancusi said, "What my work is aiming at is, above all, realism: I pursue the inner, hidden reality, the very essence of objects in their own intrinsic fundamental nature; this is my only deep preoccupation."