As you stroll into Petco Park, you can’t help but be struck by the massive images of Padres players looming above you. Curious minds have often inquired, how were these gigantic figures made? Are they painted or are they like Fathead decals? I decided to investigate and spoke to Katie Jackson, Padres director of marketing and brand activation.
In fact, they aren’t painted, as it might appear from photos and digital media, but “digitally manipulated photos using three-five color filters,” Jackson said. The finished images were then printed on vinyl and with heat, applied to the stucco walls of Petco. Ranging in size from 15 feet to a whopping 23 feet tall, the images are of famous players Randy Jones, Dave Winfield, Tony Gwynn and Trevor Hoffman.
Q: How were the images selected?
A: We selected iconic photos of our four players with retired numbers who are also in the Padres Hall of Fame. The graphics were placed on walls in high traffic locations throughout the main concourse.
Q: Was there an original artist who made the images and then they were produced large scale?
A: We selected high-res photos for the digital manipulation. We hired a design architect, Cherie Hayek Morgan, from Morgan Design to consult on our ballpark beautification and Padres Hall of Fame projects. Cherie and her team are the masterminds behind the ballpark enhancements we debuted at the beginning of the season and the Padres Hall of Fame presented by Sony, which is set to open on Friday, July 1.
Q: What has been the fan response?
A: Fans are very excited to see the incorporation of Padres history and iconic San Diego landmarks throughout Petco Park. We made a concerted effort to theme each level of the ballpark to bring personality and design aesthetic to what was previously a blank canvas. The main concourse is focused on San Diego and the iconic Padres Hall of Fame players who have retired numbers. The Toyota Terrace features historical photos chronicling the history of baseball in San Diego. The upper level features a splash of Padres branding along with life-sized 1984 and 1998 National League Champions autographed baseballs.
Q: What else should baseball fans look out for at Petco?
A: We encourage fans to check out the newly opened Padres Hall of Fame presented by Sony while attending a Padres game or on a Petco Park tour. The Padres Hall of Fame presented by Sony celebrates baseball in San Diego, the PCL and Major League Padres, Padres Hall of Famers and National Baseball Hall of Famers who wore a Padres uniform. In addition, the space features a 4K theater presented by Sony where fans can enjoy videos of historical Padres moments, Padres players and team achievements.
Laurie Delk is an avid art historian, holding a master’s degree in Art History, with concentrations in the Modern and Postmodern movements. She has taught classes at Tulane University, and has been published with several art publications including Sculpture Magazine and New Orleans Art Review. Send ideas for art stories to firstname.lastname@example.org.