When Franc Talarico’s vision of Ted Williams was realized, the next step was to turn his two foot high maquette into an eight and half-foot statue of bronze. All this would take place at a Bronzart in Sarasota Florida. And Franc’s attentions now turned from his studio to the foundry where he would pop in to see how Ted was coming along.
Fine tuning the image.
Note the book on the stool.
Note behind Ted the little boy who will receive his cap.
As is so often the case, in life, in work, in art, while Ted was being transformed into bronze, the project was developing yet another life. For back in Boston, Mayor Thomas Menino, a long time Red Sox and Ted Williams fan was talking about a statue of Ted. The new ownership was both eager and enthusiastic and their enthusiasm led them to Franc Talarico. Franc called me and asked me if I would like to come along to the foundry as he had to meet some people from the Red Sox. It took me about a milli-second to answer and the following afternoon we were there with;
Janet Marie Smith, the architect who rebuilt Fenway Park.
Paul Hanlon who worked in her office and is now the Red Sox director of ballpark developement.
and Billy Klaus who played with Ted from 1955-1958.
The Red Sox ownership wanted Billy’s input on the likeness of Ted. They wanted it to be true and when Billy gave it the thumbs up, Bronzart now had two statues to produce. One for the Ted Williams Museum in Lecanto and one for Fenway Park. And my glorious ride was getting better and better…..
to be continued…..
And so it was at this time in Fenway Park history, immortalizing Ted