There are few residential buildings that can boast the abundance of art celebrating the most revered MLB franchise, The St. Louis Cardinals, than One Cardinal Way. Curated by RD Jones + Associates and Canvas Art Consultants Director, Matthew Whitaker, the team worked alongside key members of the St. Louis Cardinals Hall of Fame & Museum curatorial team to develop a collection of distinct works with a narrative rich in all things baseball.
“Creating this collection challenged us to find new and unexpected ways to artistically interpret various aspects of the game of baseball, and to differentiate this collection of works from others that can be seen in venues throughout a city that is inextricably linked to America’s favorite pastime,” says Canvas Art Consultants Director Matthew Whitaker.
The art collection was tailored specifically for One Cardinal Way and includes an assemblage of custom baseball-related memorabilia including approximately 150 original paintings on canvas, digitally drawn caricatures of Cardinals players hand selected by Bill DeWitt Jr., wallcoverings adapted from historic Cardinals photos, columns wrapped in baseballs, baseball themed sculptures, and Bill DeWitt Jr.’s bat collection prominently on display in the Entertainment Lounge.
In lobby of One Cardinal Way are a series of original sculptures shaped like abstract baseball bats and composed of marble composite.
This overscale painting sits on a floating wall on the first-floor lobby combining the vibrant Cardinal red with texture to suggest a twig-like nest shape.
Inspired by home plate, this installation by Kevin Chambers features ceramic shapes made to the exact dimensions of a real baseball home plate. The vinyl map overlay is an actual map of downtown St. Louis and Ballpark Village, with the white home plate icon marking the site of One Cardinal Way.
Inspired by drawings of regulation baseball field dimensions and hand-drawn play diagrams, this mural infuses the concept with movement and color.
Inspired by stadium concessions, this series of four photographs is a modern take on the lowly peanut and elevates it to fine art status. Presented in the style of Andy Warhol, this peanut "portrait" is repeated in four different retro colors.
Inspired by stadium concessions, this pair features two variations of a deconstructed box of classic Crackerjacks.
Inspired by the design of an actual baseball, but without being literal, the dynamic red stitching was isolated and then printed at a very large scale for a unique and very contemporary perspective.
Inspired by the graphics found on vintage Cardinals uniforms, this series includes similar shapes and colors for a contemporary interpretation of a classic uniform design.
Inspired by stadium pennants, the shapes that make up this abstract composition recall those of the souvenir sports flags found at Busch Stadium. Within this composition is the image of a real vintage Cardinals pennant. Can you find it?
These caricatures were drawn from player photographs that were hand-selected by Bill DeWitt, Jr. The time-honored tradition of exaggerating certain facial features makes for a playful collection.
The concept for this series of six drawings is irony - by creating elegant, sophisticated pen & ink line drawings of a bobblehead toy, and not of the player himself as was done with the caricatures, it becomes a twist of art imitating life imitating art.
The entertainment lounge features a 12-foot column completely wrapped in 1,296 authentic Major-League baseballs from Rawlings, the supplier of the Cardinals’ baseballs.
Inspired by cheering Cardinals fans and baseball stadium crowds, this custom mural design incorporates the authentic Cardinal red color, which personalizes the lighthearted composition and makes it feel like a snapshot of the fans across the street at Busch Stadium.
The pop-up tray ceilings in the Entertainment Lounge features suspended chandeliers and murals that incorporate archival photography and headlines taken from actual newspapers.
Inspired by the unique lighting systems used in baseball stadiums, this abstract photo echoes the shape of the floodlights, while the slightly blurry effect recalls the flood of light they emit during night games.
The artist has captured the energy and motion of outfielders scrambling to make the catch.
Inspired by the return of "Victory Blue" to the Cardinals 2020 road uniforms, the color was matched exactly in this abstract painting by using the Pantone formula provided by the St. Louis Cardinals museum team. The red is also authentic, an exact match of the famous Cardinal red.
This freeze frame composition of a St. Louis Cardinal batter in motion is actually comprised of three different photographs that were digitally stitched together by the archive team using team photography.
This collection of 16 vintage bats was gifted to One Cardinal Way by Bill DeWitt, Jr. from his personal collection. The mounting hardware is a custom design, with the team logo laser-cut into each metal bracket.
In this custom graphic by Tyrus Lytton, Cardinal red is used to render the strategically situated baseball in the official strike zone. This original composition features thousands of digital cardinal bird icons to create the silhouette of a player at bat.
Each elevator lobby features a different vintage photograph from the archives of the St. Louis Cardinals, and offers a glimpse into the MLB franchise’s rich and storied history.
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