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Prudential Center Spotlight: Artwork

Monday, 01.21.2008 / 3:55 PM ET / Features
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Prudential Center Spotlight: Artwork

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What’s a state-of-the-art facility without any art?

Adding to Prudential Center’s fantastic new amenities, the arena is adorned with enough acrylic, charcoal, ink, oils, watercolor and photography to make a museum curator jealous.

Commissioned by the Devils, Los Angeles-based Sports & The Arts breathed life into Prudential Center with works illustrating the Garden State’s sporting tradition.

Ample selections of abstract art hang at the suite levels. The corridor leading to the arena’s restaurant could pass for a Devils historical gallery, and the Grand Concourse features several larger-than-life pieces, highlighted by The Rock’s creative centerpiece, the mural.

Conceived by Tom Mosser, “The Mural” spans 200 feet and stands 30 feet tall. Purported to be the largest sports mural in the world, Mosser and his team spent six weeks on scaffolds, utilizing a unique technique of painting that the artist himself dubbed “Ambidextrous Impressionism.” He perfected his style while playing sports as a kid in central Pennsylvania.

“Basketball coaches always stressed to dribble with both hands and I was a switch-hitter growing up playing baseball. It just made sense to me to draw with both hands, too,” he recalled.

Mosser also developed many of the vibrant watercolor paintings around the suite levels, with subject matter incorporating all of Prudential Center’s home teams: the Devils, Seton Hall Pirates, and New Jersey Ironmen. He also painted the “Vintage Stadium Series,” featuring all four arenas the Devils have called home over the years. The paintings are on Suite Level One, and oversized banners hang from the ceiling on the Grand Concourse near the Verizon Tower for all to see.

Directly beneath the “Stadium Series” banners is Samatha Wendell’s “Over Time.” The oil painting was produced on two separate canvases that measured 16 ½ feet when combined. The exhibit features New Jersey Devils greats – players and coaches – from the red and green days of Glenn “Chico” Resch all the way to Martin Brodeur and the Stanley Cup championships.

Wendell trained in portraiture in England and France, and also has two pieces prominently displayed at the Bud Light Goal Bar. “The Big Save,” featuring an outstretched Brodeur, and “The Ultimate Goal,” capturing a team celebration, are visible from the Grand Concourse. Her “Emotions of the Cup” series is located at the restaurant on Suite Level One, and highlights memorable moments from the Devils’ three title runs.

Other members of Sports & The Arts’ talented team include Brooklyn native Andy Bernstein, whose “Abstract Series” of black and white photography hangs in the Belvedere Vodka Ice Lounge.

Laurie Campbell’s “Path Train” oil paintings are on Suite Level One, and wrap the façade of the arena at the Devils Den Team Store on Edison Street. Dane Tilghman’s abstract art, a combination of “surrealism and primitive elongation” is visible in and around the restaurant, as well as the main concourse.

Michael Nighswonger’s abstract pieces, including his Devils logo compositions, are exhibited throughout the arena, while Larry Ketchum’s digitally-created pieces are located on the upper concourse.

The collection of works infuses Prudential Center’s sports and entertainment offerings with a meticulously assembled nod to fine art. It adds up to an elegant panorama in the heart of Newark’s Downtown Arts district, where the Devils’ new home is helping to fuel the city’s renaissance one canvas at a time.



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  TEAM GP W L OT GF GA PTS
1 p - NYR 82 53 22 7 252 192 113
2 y - MTL 82 50 22 10 221 189 110
3 x - TBL 82 50 24 8 262 211 108
4 x - WSH 82 45 26 11 242 203 101
5 x - NYI 82 47 28 7 252 230 101
6 x - DET 82 43 25 14 235 221 100
7 x - OTT 82 43 26 13 238 215 99
8 x - PIT 82 43 27 12 221 210 98
9 BOS 82 41 27 14 213 211 96
10 FLA 82 38 29 15 206 223 91
11 CBJ 82 42 35 5 236 250 89
12 PHI 82 33 31 18 215 234 84
13 NJD 82 32 36 14 181 216 78
14 CAR 82 30 41 11 188 226 71
15 TOR 82 30 44 8 211 262 68
16 BUF 82 23 51 8 161 274 54

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2014-2015 REGULAR SEASON
SKATERS: GP G A +/- Pts
A. Henrique 75 16 27 -6 43
M. Cammalleri 68 27 15 2 42
P. Elias 69 13 21 -20 34
S. Gomez 58 7 27 -10 34
S. Bernier 67 16 16 2 32
T. Zajac 74 11 14 -3 25
A. Larsson 64 3 21 2 24
A. Greene 82 3 19 1 22
E. Gelinas 61 6 13 -2 19
M. Ryder 47 6 13 -1 19
 
GOALIES: W L OT Sv% GAA
C. Schneider 26 31 9 .925 2.26
K. Kinkaid 6 5 4 .915 2.59