The Ziz

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by artist Donald Lipski

ZIZVisitors to Goodyear Ballpark are greeted by The Ziz, the fiberglass sculpture by internationally renowned artist Donald Lipski. Lipski, who was selected by a panel of Goodyear residents and arts professionals, looked to Goodyear’s proud connection to aviation for inspiration. Lipski’s version is based on a series of sculptures by 20th century sculptor Constantin Brancusi called Bird in Space. Brancusi made 20 versions of this artwork out of bronze and marble, all representing a bird in flight. Lipski’s appropriation of Brancusi’s iconic work is a time-honored tradition. “It’s a way to pay homage to Brancusi and at the same time, take his idea and twist it into something that’s fresh and original.”

The height of The Ziz plus the pedestal is 60' 6" which is the exact distance between home plate and the pitcher’s mound.

The Ziz is named for a giant water bird from Hebrew mythology that rules over and protects smaller birds. “The idea of having the sculpture sit in a pool of water originated with the landscape architects,” said the artist. “I thought it was a great idea because flight is so important here in Goodyear – from its history to Lockheed Martin to the beautiful birds.” Lipski adds, “While I do not wish to direct the viewer, to me the sculpture has feelings of joy, wonder and surprise. I am thrilled with The Ziz. I hope that it will be embraced by the community and become a much-loved landmark.

The Ziz has been named one of the "Best Public Art Projects in the U.S." by American for the Arts. Lipski's baseball-themed sculpture is among 40 projects cited as "the most exemplary, innovative permanent, or temporary public artworks created or debuted in 2008." There were 304 submissions nationwide.

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