The NHL has spent more than $2.5 million on art installations to commemorate the opening of the 2018-19 season.
Here’s a look at the most notable ones.1.
The Art of Ice Hockey.
The NHL’s Hockey Hall of Fame will host an exhibition of wall art to honor the first ever exhibition of the NHL’s artwork on ice.
In a ceremony at the NHLPA’s headquarters in Toronto on Sunday, the league announced the new wall will include a “play on words” mural on the lower bowl of the arena and a sculpture depicting the opening sequence of “Ice Hockey.”
The mural will be created by Toronto-based artist Peter Ridsdel, who was a key figure in the art-world’s embrace of “digital art.”
It will also feature a quote from Hockey Hall-of-Famer Wayne Gretzky, who said, “When hockey is on, the world is on.”
The NHL also unveiled a new line-drawing system that highlights individual players on the ice, including one that depicts Alex Ovechkin and Wayne Gretza.
The mural is the latest in a string of new art installations by the NHL, which has been at pains to portray itself as the premier NHL league.
The league last year announced it had paid for a new art-adventure documentary series on its website called “The Art,” with an eye toward highlighting the art of hockey.
The NHL has also created a series of events and contests that aim to celebrate its brand of “artistry.”
The league also has created a “Hockey Art Fund” that supports new art projects.
The Fund was set up in 2016, with $1.3 million pledged to the project.
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