On November 12, 2015, I saw the New York Jets play the Buffalo Bills, (Color Rush) at Met Life Stadium. Being an art student, I made my own fan gear. Then came a moment of inspiration, “Can I transform the NFL team logos into Fine Art Pieces?”
Thus, The NFL & Fine Arts Project was born.
Each Fine Arts piece is unique, reflecting the team’s history and individual style. The materials are simple, craft foam and recycled plastic; yet they delivery powerful symbolism.
I intended to make pieces for all 32 teams. So far, I’ve created pieces for the New York Jets, Buffalo Bills, New Orleans Saints, and Seatle Seahawks.
Stay tuned! Watch as this project continues to grow.
The New York Jets
The inspiration for this design comes from the 1960’s cartoon show, “The Jetsons”. I also wanted the design to reflect the time period. (ex. The Space Age, sci-fi fashion and the Jet age) In addition, it turns out the 3 green dots represent the Jets winning Superbowl 3, but that’s a coincidence.
The Buffalo Bills
I believe that graphic design was on point with the original Bills logo. I loved the way it represents speed and power. It also reminded me of the artist, Lyubov Popova. This piece is an homage that reflects the dynamic and simplicity of both artists. (Plus, it’s also intended to be recognizable by Bills fans)
The New Orleans Saints
The logo for the Saints is the fleur de lis (translated, fleur = flower and lis = lily) It’s most famously known as the French Royal Coat of Arms and a representation of the Holy Trinity. The fleur de lis has a great historic and religious significance. I felt it was important to find a unique way to showcase it.
This piece was inspired by the gold fleur de lis gate at the shrine for Our Lady of Czestochotwa at Saint Patrick’s Cathedral. It’s an aerial representation of this great historic & religious icon. The yellow circles are the lilies and the white ring and circle symbolize the strings that bind them. Of course, it’s in the teams respective colors.
The Seattle Seahawks
The Seahawks team colors and their mascot are strongly associated with the ocean and marine life. So, it felt natural to give the piece an aquatic feel. It’s meant to resemble sea-glass. The 12 small circles represent the team’s hashtag #weare12.
The green & blue strips can be read as 13/14, signifying the Seahawks 2013 Superbowl win and their return in 2014. (They lost to the New England Patriots, but it was a spectacular game.) However, this last part was unintentional.