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The Green Bay Packers and internationally renowned, three-dimensional pop artist Charles Fazzino unveiled a special fine art creation Tuesday to help celebrate this year's 50th anniversary of the opening of Lambeau Field.
The 3-D art piece presents Lambeau Field in all its game-day splendor, including festive fans tailgating, surrounding portraits of historical moments and icons, as well as landmarks of the Green Bay area. Fazzino, the official artist of the Super Bowl since 2001, utilizes a distinctive layering technique to highlight different aspects of his works.
"We're delighted to present Charles Fazzino's exciting depiction of Lambeau Field," said Packers Chairman Bob Harlan in unveiling the new piece. "It's not often you get to celebrate a 50th anniversary, and the 50th anniversary of Lambeau Field is certainly something special. We wanted to add a unique and fun offering to the celebration and Charles' creation is wonderful. It captures the spirit of game day at Lambeau Field and other special characteristics of this team and the area."
"I am excited to join the Packers in celebrating the 50th anniversary of Lambeau Field," said Fazzino. "I've been very fortunate to have worked on a number of projects involving great cities and sporting events, but Lambeau is special with the history of the stadium and the franchise. That's what really separates it from all the teams I've done - it has so much history, and the fact that the team is owned by the people, by their fans."
In addition to the signature 3-D creation, which will be featured in premiere, deluxe and regular numbered pieces, Fazzino's work has been adapted to a mini 3-D print, posters, helmets, a pin, glasses and a t-shirt. All items are available at the Packers Pro Shop, Pro Shop Extra Points and online at www.packersproshop.com.
Additionally, the game program at this season's home opener, Sept. 9, will feature the artwork on what is sure to become a prized souvenir for people attending the game.
Fazzino will be on hand at the Packers' Annual Meeting Wednesday afternoon to visit with shareholders and autograph pieces. On Thursday, he'll be at the Packers Pro Shop from 11 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. to visit with fans and sign his work.
A return trip to Green Bay for the weekend of the season opener vs. Philadelphia, Sept. 9, also is planned.
A charity component also is being developed with proceeds to benefit statewide charities through the Green Bay Packers Foundation. Details on that program will be announced at a later time.
For more than 25 years, Fazzino's name has been synonymous with bright, whimsical, and wonderfully detailed, three-dimensional pop art. He is best known for the frenetic energy that infuses his work and a unique, hand-assembled 3-D layering technique that brings his images to life.
In addition to the Super Bowl, Fazzino has been the official artist for Major League Baseball's All-Star Game (2003-present), NASCAR Nextel Cup Series (2006-present), Belmont Stakes (2005-present), Daytona 500 (2006), Indy 500 (2004), U.S. Olympic Teams (2000-present), Daytime Emmy Awards (2006-present), Grammy Awards (2004) and CMA Awards (2005-present).
More information about Fazzino and his work can be found online at www.fazzino.com.