The Brooks Robinson statue is made of bronze and weighs about 1,500 pounds. It was fabricated in Pietrasanta, Italy by Baltimore sculptor Joseph Sheppard. The statue depicts Brooks standing at third base, baseball in hand, preparing to throw a runner out at first base. The sculpture stands about 9 feet tall.
To celebrate Brooks's 16 consecutive Gold Glove awards, the glove on the statue, while made of bronze like the rest of the statue, is colored bright gold.
Sheppard created models for the statue many years ago after studying historic photographs and films of Brooks. He met with and spoke to Brooks many times during the sculpture process. Sheppard created the clay models and molds for the final sculpture at the Massimo Del Chiaro Artistic Foundry in Pietrasanta, located in the Tuscany region of Italy. The finished bronze statue was created at the foundry using a version of the Lost Wax technique.
Work on the statue began in June 2010 and was completed in early August 2011. It was shipped to Baltimore later that month and installed on its pedestal at 8:45pm on October 11, 2011. There was an unveiling and dedication ceremony on Saturday, October 22, 2011 at Noon. The statue now belongs to the City of Baltimore.
The statue was commissioned by the Babe Ruth Birthplace Foundation, with principal funding from the Dorothy L. and Henry A. Rosenberg, Jr. Foundation.
The Statue Base
The Brooks Robinson statue is located on a plaza in the 500 block of Washington Boulevard in Baltimore City. The
plaza sits between Washington Boulevard and northbound Russell Street. The statue serves as a gateway to downtown Baltimore for traffic arriving in the City on the Baltimore-Washington Parkway and other access roads from the South. The site is directly across from the Northwest corner of Oriole Park at Camden Yards. The plaza is owned by the City of Baltimore and is managed by the City’s Department of Transportation.
The base is a diamond of approximately 25 feet by 25 feet. The foundation, risers, and pedestal consist of reinforced concrete covered with black granite. Construction of the base began on June 28, 2011. The granite is known as Atlantic Cambrian Black from a quarry in Quebec, Canada. The treads and risers on the base have a thermal finish, while the inscribed stones on the pedestal have a polished finish.
The General Contractor for construction of the base and erection of the statue was The Whiting-Turner Contracting Company. Design work for the base was provided by Mahan Rykiel Associates. The principal subcontractors were Excell Concrete Construction and Hilgartner Natural Stone Co.
View a slideshow of the statue's creation process and Dedication Ceremony.