The Colorado Spirngs Switchbacks FC and Weidner Apartment Homes unveiled 10 larger-than-life public art murals by Olympic artist LeRoy Neiman that will be on display at Weidner Field.
Each digital reproduction measures approximately 9 x 12 feet. LeRoy Neiman (1921-2012) was one of America’s best-loved artists, celebrated for his rich depictions of musicians and athletes.
Weidner Field is a multi-purpose, sports-centric venue under the brand of “City for Champions,” serving as ambassadors of Olympic City, USA. The venue will feature numerous sporting events, world-class entertainment, educational opportunities, and social and corporate catering events. The new $47 million, 8,000-seat stadium in downtown Colorado Springs is the highest elevated professional sports stadium in the U.S and is home to the Switchbacks football club, who play in the USL Championship.
About Leroy Neiman:
LeRoy Neiman (1921–2012) was known for his brilliantly colored, impressionistic sketches of sporting events and the international high life, which made him one of the most popular artists in the United States.
A prolific one-man industry, he generated hundreds of paintings, drawings, watercolors, limited-edition serigraph prints and coffee-table books yearly, earning gross annual revenue in the tens of millions of dollars. He became a household name in the 1970s through his live paintings on ABC’s Wide World of Sports.
Neiman’s long association with the Olympics began with the Winter Games in Squaw Valley in 1960, and he went on to cover the games, on live television, in Munich in 1972, Montreal in 1976, Lake Placid in 1980, and Los Angeles in 1984, using watercolor, ink or felt-tip marker to produce images with the dispatch of a courtroom sketch artist. Neiman loved all sports and the Olympics was a rich opportunity for him to paint them all, yielding some of his best and most celebrated work.