Located at Harbor Park stadium, home to the Norfolk Tides minor league baseball team, The Pitch is a 16 foot tall, powder-coated aluminum sculpture with changing LEDs. Moreover, the sculpture functions as a bike rack for park visitors.
On October 2, 2014 the Public Art Commission recommended for hire local artist team, PACT, Jen Stringer and Laura Freed, to design and complete the artful bike rack project. The sculpture references a traditional ship propeller, celebrating Norfolk’s remarkable nautical history and lively water front community.
A series of graduated rings sit adjacent to the propellor, designed to suggest the movement of water behind a rotating propellor. Biking is popular along the the nearby Elizabeth River Trail and the sculpture fills a park void providing a quality bike parking area.
The sculpture comes to life at night with dynamic color-changing LED lights integrated into the propellor blades. The artwork illuminates an otherwise dark corner of the park and welcomes members to the Harbor Park Boxing gym.
Phillip Mann with Mannpower was the electrical contractor, and Brian Haines with Old Dominion Lighting Associates supplied the light fixtures. Jim with Metal Concepts in Norfolk fabricated their design.