The Los Angeles Dodgers selected California-based sculptor Branly Cadet to create the Jackie Robinson statue that will be unveiled at some point during the 2016 season at Dodger Stadium.
Robinson’s statue is the first of multiple the Dodgers intend on building at Chavez Ravine.
The setting, once complete, should mirror that of Monument Park inside Yankee Stadium, and the statues that are erected outside Staples Center.
The location of Robinson’s statue has not yet been determined. However, plans call for it to stand approximately nine to 10 feet tall.
Cadet graduated from Cornell University, then continued his studies in figurative sculpture at the New York Academy of Art, Arts Student League, and the Vaugel Sculpture Studio and L’Ecole Albert Defois in France.
“I am so honored to have the opportunity to design a sculpture memorial to Jackie Robinson for the Los Angeles Dodgers,” said Cadet, a New York native.
“He is an icon of American history being celebrated by a legendary team in a grand city. I’m excited to create a design that is both befitting of this context and pays homage to his legacy as a sports hero and civic leader.”
Cadet intends to build Robinson’s statue around a “Leveling the Playing Field” theme. “We know Branly Cadet’s artistry will result in a tribute to Jackie that will resonate with Dodger fans for decades to come,” Dodgers president and CEO Stan Kasten said.
The project is being completed in accordance with Rachel Robinson and the Jackie Robinson Foundation. When announcing in April the plans to build a statue in Robinson’s honor, Kasten said Robinson’s widow and their daughter Sharon would have input on the design.
Robinson began his career with the Brooklyn Dodgers in 1947 and was named National League Rookie of the Year. Two seasons later, he took home the NL MVP Award and in 1962 was inducted into the Hall of Fame.
His iconic No. 42 jersey was retired league-wide by former Major League Baseball commissioner Bud Selig in 1997. All players get the opportunity to wear No. 42 on April 15 of each season.