National Soccer Hall of Fame Installs Burmood Sculpture


National Soccer Hall of Fame Installs Burmood Sculpture

When the U.S. National Soccer Hall of Fame in Frisco, Texas wished to acquire a dramatic piece of artwork for their new venue, it was fresh challenge yet a natural fit for Leopold Gallery. Employing the talent of Kansas City sculptor Jacob Burmood, Paul Dorrell directed and engineered all 900 pounds of this stunning and dynamic piece throughout the entire process.

The National Soccer Museum was first located in Oneonta, NY but closed in 2010. In 2013, FC Dallas owners, Clark and Dan Hunt brought the National Soccer Hall of Fame to Frisco and as the nation’s premiere Soccer Hall of Fame. The new 19,000 square foot facility is a public-private partnership among FC Dallas, the City of Frisco, the Frisco Independent School District and the U.S. Soccer Federation.

Leopold Gallery has a long relationship with Dan and Clark Hunt. Dorrell curated the extensive art collection at Kansas City’s Arrowhead Stadium in 2013. Hunt, a former college soccer player himself, knew he wanted a formative piece for the new facility.

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Burmood and Dorrell elected to sculpt the most difficult and dangerous finishing move a scorer can execute in Soccer – the Scissor Kick. Made famous by the likes of Pele and others, it represents precision and absolute perfection. It was important to Dorrell that the piece be more Art Deco and ambiguous in form – so that any player, of any race or gender, could relate to the piece. The position of the foot, the hands, the ball, the orientation to the pedestal were all a part of this extensive process. The charcoal granite pedestal was designed by Dorrell and is pentagonal in design to mimic the soccer ball shape.  After approval of the initial clay-fired maquette, a foam armature was created from a digital scan of the maquette. This computer-driven process roughed-out the cold-cast aluminum mold for the monument. After the sculpture was cast, Jacob’s talented hands to provided the actual pain-staking sculpting over four months that made the piece brilliant.

The completed monument was delivered and installed for the facility’s grand opening on October 20, 2018.

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