TREE of HOPE
Pandemonium coming from the packed stadium can be heard in the batter’s box! Tens of thousands of eyes are glued on the hitter / batter and the players on the field. The ball is hit into the sky, flying high, far and across the field. It’s a moment of Victory! People are in admiration of the player, the home run and of “each other”. People are cheering and screaming passionately. Shouts of idolization fill the air. This is the great game of “BASEBALL / BEISBOL / 棒球 / 야구 / 野球”.
Sports and Arts; both consisting of passion and beauty, break the boundaries between races, languages, and cultures. The “TREE of HOPE” is not just about the collection of baseballs and softballs to build a tree. It’s about the Unity and Victory of people when they join forces and energy.
This project symbolizes the ultimate art that lies within baseball, the influence it has in bringing people together. The ability and sportsmanship of each player leaves an unforgettable impression on the spectators after each game.
The player’s actions reflect the explosive powers of life. Faith, wisdom, perseverance, courage, and physical strength allows the players to manage through tough challenges. Those characteristics allow players to perform and demonstrate their abilities in the world of baseball. Those players create touching, emotional and inspiring memories.
Through connecting numerous baseballs and softballs together to form circles, we wish to present an accumulation of the glorious unity of people and the sport of baseball. The “Tree of Hope” constructed by recycled baseballs, is the unity of the spirit of baseball and art. This union symbolizes the embodiment of the touching spirit of the game of baseball. The spirit of baseball will be transferred into the creation of this art project.
The "TREE of HOPE" represents the story of a baseball and its flight across the sky. Baseball is a team sport that equals unity, brotherhood, trust and loyalty. When a team works diligently and collectively, their chances of winning can be greater. The hard work and determination of the players is reflected by people’s cheers and loyal faithfulness.
The "TREE of HOPE" wishes to convey the spirit of mankind by putting aside the negativity in the world and once again experience the beauty of “Sports and Art.
The "TREE of HOPE made by the thousands of unique baseballs and softballs will represent the pulsation of life and the endless energy between players, fans and the sport. The perfect combination of sports and art relies on the collective effort of all people. People collaborating as one towards a common goal of building a bridge of happiness, peace, friendship and unity towards a brilliant future with “Hope”.
Baseball creates collective memories of glory on the field. Our project will create collective memories off the field. The collection of baseballs and softballs will unite and give people of the world the opportunity to participate with donations of baseballs, softballs and funds. Please bring your passion and warm regards to support the completion of our project. We sincerely appreciate your participation and support.
TREE of HOPE STRUCTURE
BUILDING TREE of HOPE
25,000 – Baseballs
10,000 – LED Lights
12 – Gloves
12 - Bats
25 ft. – Highest Height
10 ft. – Travel Height
12 ft.- Wide (bottom)
8 – Wheels
4,000 lbs. - Frame
8,204 lbs. – Baseballs
1, 204 lbs. - Addition
9,204 lbs. - Total Weight (4 ½ Tons)
-12 LASSER LIGHTS
• Artist: LIN Shih-pao
• Curator: George Santiago
• Theme: World Peace Symbol
• Sponsor: Crystal Foundation
• Global Manager : Vicki Abe
• Team USA: Jason Cruz, Gabriel Hernandez
• Team Japan: Seto Kasue, Tagushi Keichi, Barbie Lin
• Team Taiwan: Sogo Gallery
• Taiwan Sponsors: Sogo Gallery
• Frame Architect: Simon Chen
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