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The Eleven

Greatest Moments in Pro Football History

RSVP to the August 1 Unveiling

of the Birth of the NFL Public Art Sculpture


The ELEVEN is a $2.2 million multi-year project of ArtsinStark and The Pro Football Hall of Fame in Canton, Ohio celebrating the greatest moments in professional football history, as determined in the book, Where Greatness Lives.  A national invitation, to create the first piece in the series, was extended to professional artists, living in the United States, who had credentials and ideas for creating a public art project for $150,000.

Eighty submission were recieved and narrowed down to four finalists by a Search Committee representing community, football, arts and fundraising entities.

These artists were brought in to share their concepts of how they would depict The Birth of the NFL  (a.k.a. The Formation of the National Football League), which was determined to be the first piece in the series.

Finalists included Gail Folwell, Omri Amrany/Lou Cella, David Griggs and Michael Clapper.

But, there can be only one winner. And it's ... 

Find out about Michael Clapper.

Where will The ELEVEN be located?

The idea of The ELEVEN is to embrace the fact that Canton, Ohio is a football city.  But, it's also evolving into an arts city, as evidence by the thriving and ever-expanding Canton Arts District.  Designed to be a future tourist attraction to football afficiandos as well as those who don't know (or care) about the difference between a pigskin and a paintbrush, The ELEVEN monumental pieces of public art will be within walking distance, between one another, in downtown Canton, Ohio.   The following map is a concept of where the ten remaining pieces may eventually be placed

"The door is open for every kind of art and every style. 
There are no parameters." 

Robb Hankins, CEO of ArtsinStark




Do you agree?

The Pro Football Hall of Fame has determined, the following to be the 11 greatest moments in professional football history.

  1. Formation/ "Birth" of the NFL (1920)
  2. 1958 Championship Game
  3. Formation American Football League (1959)
  4. Pete Rozelle Named Commissioner (1960)
  5. Red Grange Turns Pro (1925)
  6. The NFL Draft (1936)
  7. Reintegration of Pro Football (1946)
  8. Monday Night Football (1970)
  9. Super Bowl III (1968)
  10. The Ice Bowl (1967)
  11. AFL/NFL Merger (1966)

How was the Site Chosen
for the First Piece of Art?

The NFL was created in Canton on Sept 17, 1920 in the showroom of Ralph Hay’s Hupmobile dealership in a building where the Frank T. Bow Building sits today, on the corner of Cleveland Avenue SW and Third Street. 



 In the NEWS

Clapper gets the Commission
Interview with NPR
Charita Goshay's editorial
Stunning Homage to NFL
Dan Kane's take

Interview with WAKR 



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