Cadet, who lived in Brooklyn before settling on the west coast in Oakland, CA, is creating the Robinson piece around the theme, “Leveling the Playing Field.” Cadet’s previous works include the William Shakespeare medallion at the former Booth Theatre site in New York City, and the Adam Clayton Powell Jr. Memorial in front of the New York State Office Building in New York City. He is also currently working on a privately funded large-scale monument for the City of Philadelphia.
The Robinson statue will be approximately nine to ten feet tall and, once completed, will be unveiled at Dodger Stadium at a location to be determined.
As for when we might see the statue, the release mentions only that it will be unveiled “during the 2016 season.”
Rachel Robinson, Jackie’s widow, is quoted in the release as saying that “Branly Cadet’s excitement for the project is heartening, and I look forward to the unveiling with great enthusiasm.”
Dodgers players and coaches wear their number 42 jerseys during pregame ceremonies on Jackie Robinson Day on Wednesday. (Photo by Michael Owen Baker/Staff photographer)
There was enough pomp and circumstance Wednesday at Dodger Stadium to fill — well, Dodger Stadium. It was the Civil Rights Game, on Jackie Robinson Day, with every player wearing number 42. The Dodgers honored Robinson with their play as much as their words.
A baseball used by Sandy Koufax to throw his perfect game on Sept. 9, 1965, a Jackie Robinson bat from 1953, and Roy Campanella’s Hall of Fame induction ring are among the items being auctioned at the All-Star fan fest next week in Minneapolis, Minnesota.
The Koufax ball was donated by former major league player and manager Jeff Torborg, who caught the game.