Springfield, MA - Art & Soles, the public art project comprised of 19 6-foot sneaker canvases featuring the work of local artists has in many ways put Springfield on the map. Organizers believe their October 23 gala and auction will generate even more buzz. According to Don Courtemanche, Executive Director of Springfield's Business Improvement District, "All 19 sneakers should inspire lively local bidding but there's one sneaker we believe may generate some national interest." He's referring to the Basketball Hall of Fame sneaker that was autographed by many of this year's Hall of Fame honorees from the 1960 and 1992 US Men's Olympic Basketball teams. 1960 autographs include Walt Bellamy, Oscar Robertson and Warren Womble. The 1992 "Dream Team" signatures include Charles Barkley, Larry Bird, Magic Johnson, Karl Malone, Chris Mullin, Scottie Pippen, David Robinson, and John Stockton. The six foot signed sneaker has been on display at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Springfield since August and has been a very popular attraction. "We are so pleased that the Hall of Fame and our wonderful Hall of Famers are able to support this great cause" said John L. Doleva, President and CEO of the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame. "The Community Foundation does an outstanding job supporting local organizations and we hope that this truly unique piece of artwork adds to the great success of the Auction." Proceeds from the auction will be deposited into a fund that has been established at the Community Foundation of Western Massachusetts. The Art & Soles Fund will be used to support youth working with adult artists to create public art in Springfield. Maryann Lombardi, of UMass Amherst and the Greater Springfield-UMass Amherst Partnership believes the autographed sneaker could significantly boost the size of the fund. "Recently the Red Sox organization auctioned off six license plates and generated $250,000 for its charitable endeavors. Who knows how high the bidding might go for a 6-foot sneaker featuring the autographs of many of the game's greatest players?"
Art & Soles, Auction Details
Auction Site: Tower Square - 1500 Main Street, Springfield, MA 01103
Sale Date and Time: October 23, 2010 at 8:30pm EST
Inspection Date: Going on now downtown Springfield, MA. Hall of Fame signed sneaker to be viewed at the Naismith Memorial Basketball Hall of Fame in Downtown Springfield. http://www.hoophall.com/
For more information on Art & Soles and the Auction visit: http://www.artandsolesspringfield.com