Sculpture by Michael Kalish celebrates 2002 Ohio State national champion team and supports mental health programs
Sculpture signed by Michael Kalish celebrating Ohio State’s 2002 national champion team. Available on ood and supports mental health programs
— Michael Bebel, CEO and co-founder of ood
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA, USA, Sept. 3, 2022 /EINPresswire.com/ — Will Allen, Michael Doss, Mike Jenkins and Craig Krenzel, Ohio State 2002 National Championship players, 2002 coach Jim Tressel and internationally acclaimed sculptor, Michael Kalish, have teamed up with newly launched ood to celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Buckeyes’ 2002 national championship team and in recognition of the need to support mental health programs, including those for the players and their families. This morning, Will Allen, Michael Doss, Jim Tressel and Michael Kalish unveiled the sculpture live during ESPN’s Home Depot-built College GameDay.
The one-of-a-kind sculpture is up for auction on ood, along with limited-edition office sculptures, t-shirts, and hoodies featuring the image of the sculpture, which are up for sale. All went on sale immediately after the presentation during ESPN’s College GameDay around 10:30 a.m. EST.
“All efforts around this one-of-a-kind memorial sculpture, its derivatives, and our events this weekend, are first and foremost an acknowledgment of the need to support mental health programs in general, as well as those specifically targeted for players and their families,” said Michael Doss, former Buckeye safety and team captain and recent College Football Hall of Fame inductee. “The art and festivities are also for our amazing fans who believed in us when we defied all odds twenty years ago, and to celebrate this milestone anniversary,” added Doss.
The commemoration and celebration coincides with today’s highly anticipated game between Notre Dame and Ohio State and is especially well timed as Ohio State is set to compete in another national championship. The centerpiece of the celebration is the multi-dimensional red and black sculpture that features the signatures of four of the 2002 National Championship team players and Coach Tressel’s inspirational words: “Humility, Leadership, Sacrifice.”
ood is a new marketplace for physical art, collectibles and memorabilia chosen by Allen, Doss and Kalish for this event due to ood’s unique ability to authenticate, pay royalties and create connected communities for all secondary sales on its platform. A portion of all proceeds from the sculpture and other items will be donated to two organizations, On Our Sleeves® Foundation at Nationwide Children’s Hospital and The Nina and Ryan Day Resilience Fund, which will be housed in the Department of Psychiatry and Behavioral Health at Ohio State University.
“As a former varsity athlete and lifelong fan, I was very passionate about making this piece because it speaks to the unparalleled strength and incredible perseverance of the team,” said Michael Kalish, Well. known for the largest sculpture commemorating Muhammad Ali and other multi-dimensional works.
“It is an honor to partner with these inspiring athletes and a great American artist to create a drop that is rooted in a love of sport and teamwork, something that we hope will resonate deeply with sports fans and fans. art fans on ood,” Michael said. Bebel, CEO and co-founder of ood. “It’s core to our mission to facilitate a revolutionary aftermarket for collectors, brands and creators, to build community and support important causes,” he added.
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About Michel Kalish
Californian artist Michael Kalish was born in Atlanta, Georgia, and has gained worldwide recognition over the past 26 years for his inventive approach to creating sculpture. Kalish has become known for transforming everyday objects, such as license plates and truck tailgates, into meaningful works of art, as well as creating large-scale public works for cities around the world. Kalish is represented by several galleries in the United States and abroad and has had several exhibitions in museums. His work, both on a large scale and in gallery collections, is included in countless leading public and private collections around the world.
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