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Historic 49ers Photographs, Artwork Unveiled at Levi's Stadium



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    Samantha Wendell's painting entitled “Million Dollar Backfield”

    It’s the reason why millions of sports fans re-watch old games on ESPN Classic. They already know the outcome — maybe it was an upset, a career-changing play, or miraculous final minute. A single game can evoke memories from a time, both in the sports world and one’s own life, be it bittersweet or just bitter.

    When 49ers fans visit and tour Levi's Stadium, they will get to relive some of their memories through the monumental unveiling of more than 700 photographs and original pieces of artwork, all encompassing the legends of Candlestick Park, the ups and downs of the team and the beauty of California. Public tours to see the art can be arranged by visiting www.LeviStadium.com/art.

    The "Art Collection at Levi’s Stadium" includes 500 archive photographs of the 49ers and 200 pieces of original artwork, all provided by team photographers, media partners, as well as Bay Area artists.

    The collection, curated through Tracie Speca-Ventura and her team at "Sports and the Arts “was created and installed at Levi’s Stadium as another unique and innovative way to enhance the stadium experience for their fans. The collection was designed to highlight all that is special about the Bay Area and the San Francisco 49ers.”

    Of the 23 artists showcased, 19 are local California natives.

    For painter Liz Walsh, the collection is particularly meaningful and emotional. Her father, Bill Walsh, was the renowned former head coach of the 49ers and Hall of Famer. She told Sports and the Arts, “What I hope to evoke when people see my work is something…something emotional, something you cant quite put your finger on. Maybe it’s nostalgia, maybe it’s something that resonates deeply with you.”

    Walsh sees her paintings as a chance to contribute something special to the opening of Levi’s Stadium. “It was sort of a chance for me to share that legacy with the future of the 49ers and the future of their new stadium.”

    IF YOU'RE INTERESTED: The Art Collection at Levi’s Stadium will be open to the media for one day on Aug. 1 from 2:30 p.m. to 5:30 p.m. Levi’s Stadium is located at 4900 Marie P. DeBartolo Way in Santa Clara. For more information, including a compilation of the artists and photographers and their work, visit www.LeviStadium.com/art.