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Introduction
1)
Title
Arthur Ashe Memorial "Soul in Flight"
2)
Town, State
New York, NY
3)
ID #
1881
4)
Compilation Date (Initial)
August 31, 2010
5)
Compilation Date (Latest)
August 31, 2010
6)
Site Worked Last
August 19, 2012
Description
This work of art, “Soul in Flight,” a statue of a man in the act of serving a tennis ball, recalls and honors Arthur Ashe, both his world-famous tennis game and his civil, human rights and business initiatives: advantage Ashe. The monument’s prime inscription -- “From what we get, we make a living; what we give, however, makes a life.” – was a belief that Ashe lived. Richmond-born, UCLA-educated and trained, Army officer veteran as well as husband and father to wife and daughter, notable were Ashe’s public and personal triumphs throughout his shortened lifetime (b. July 10, 1943 – d. February 6, 1993). Playing singles and doubles, he won numerous national competitive and international professional tennis titles; he led profession-management activities in the U.S. and abroad; achieved business and personal financial successes; pursued civil rights and political beliefs; and, created writings about these experiences that he shared. Serious health and medical needs not only constrained these activities but also required surgeries and blood transfusions, during which the AIDS virus was transmitted to him and from which, at 49, he died.

• Sculptor Eric Fischl created the Ashe memorial. His proposal was chosen in a juried competition from a dozen expressions of interest. The founder of this work in bronze was Polich Tallix, Rock Tavern, New York. Mark Sullivan and M. Paul Friedberg and Partners, architects, New York, New York, designed the memorial’s site.

• Set in Flushing Meadows-Corona Park, Queens, New York, the monument is situated outside Arthur Ashe Stadium, near the South Gate entrance to the United States Tennis Association (USTA)

• Flushing Meadows has been, or is, home to the temporary (1946-1950) operations center of the United Nations while its new, First Avenue headquarters was being built, the World’s Fairs in 1939 and again in 1964, and a number of monuments and markers, such as Freedom of the Human Spirit, the Unisphere, Rocket Thrower. In addition to professional tennis Flushing, interestingly, also hosts nearly continuous, community- and league-based as well as pick-up team sports (from cricket, soccer, softball and volleyball to mini-golf and skateboarding) played by athletes from Central, South and North America, Europe and Asia -- interesting because spiritually this is likely the world-wide, Olympian materials of which Arthur Ashe was made. One can imagine that he enjoys being nearby. • The USTA is the memorial’s lead sponsor, supported by the giving of colleagues and commerce and with the cooperation of Parks and Recreation, City of New York.

• The memorial was dedicated August 28, 2000. In attendance, and heading up the unveiling, were Jeanne Moutoussamy-Ashe and Michael Ainslie, co-chairs, Arthur Ashe Commemorative Committee; NYC Parks Commissioner Henry J. Sterne; and, USTA president Judy Levering.
Content
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1)
Individual|group/family recognition
2)
Outstanding/notable citizen/person
3)
Athletes/Athletics
5)
African-American/African
6)
Not Applicable
Design
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1.)
Man-made
2.)
Inscription/Text Design
Parallel
3)
Statue(s) w/wo pedestal
5)
Average (life-size)
6)
Main + One
7)
Not applicable
8)
Text available, all
9)
Yes (see below)
9.1)
Image numbering/location
3000-331.1, 3000-331.2, 3000-331.3, 3000-331.4, 3000-331.5, 3000-331.6, 3000-331.7, 3000-331.8, 3000-331.9, 3000-331.10
10)
Design Preservation
Good
11)
Inscript. Separate from M|M
Yes
11.1)
Parallel Description
Geometric
11.2)
Parallel Preservation
Good
11.3)
Parallel Scale Inscription/Text
Average (life-size)
12)
Designers
12.1)
Designer 1
Artist/Artistic Group: Fischl, Eric
12.2)
Designer 2
Artist/Artistic Group: M. Paul Friedberg and Partners
13)
Fabricators/Builders
Known
13.1)
Fabricator/Builder 1
Polich Tallix 
13.2)
Fabricator City
Rock Tavern 
13.3)
Fabricator State
NY 
13.4)
Fabricator Country
United States 
Setting
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1)
Architectural space
2)
Open Space , Water
3)
Appearance/Setting
Completed
3.1)
Appeal of the Item
6 Very Good
3.2)
Setting appears appropriate
5 Good
3.3)
Traffic near for access, distanced for appreciation
4 Satisfactory
3.4)
Visualization and panorama
5 Good
3.5)
Opportunity to view, to enjoy the item
5 Good
3.6)
Overall Averaged Score
5.0 Good (Given a 1.0 - 7.0 Range)
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4)
Not Entered
5)
August 28, 2000
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Not Entered
7)
Not Entered
10)
Other Monuments on Site
11)
Satisfactory
12)
Business/Commerce/Organization
Themes
1)
MonumentsandMemorials.com Themes
New Groups Follow Old
2)
National Historic Landmark Themes
Black Americans in US History
Demography
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1)
File Number
51
2)
Town/City
New York
3)
County
Queens
4)
District
Queens
5)
State
NY
6)
Zip
11375
7)
Country
United States
8)
Latitude (GPS)
40.7490040000
9)
Longitude (GPS)
-73.8463750000
10)
Intersecting Street 1
Grand Central Parkway
11)
Intersecting Street 2
Van Wyck Expressway
12)
Additional Identifier 1
Flushing Meadows Corona Park
13)
Additional Identifier 2
United States Tennis Association (USTA)
15)
Man-made
16)
16.1)
Business/businesses
16.2)
Citizens/residents
16.3)
Family/friends/colleagues
16.4)
Government, Local
17)
17.1)
1946-1973
17.2)
1974-2000
18)
Compilation Date (Initial)
August 31, 2010
19)
19.1)
Site Survey
19.2)
Government Materials
19.3)
Newspaper
19.4)
Website
20)
Compilation Date (Latest)
Not Entered
21)
Compilation Technique (Latest)
22)
Source Originator
monumentsandmemorials.com
Comments and Notes
SOURCES/1: American National Biography online; “Arthur Ashe Commemorative Garden and Monument Unveiled on Day One of the U.S. Open,” The Daily Plant, Volume XV, Number 3195, August 30, 2000, New York City Department of Parks & Recreation; Flushing Meadows Corona Park, NYC Parks & Recreation: "http://www.nycgovparks.org/parks/fmcp/monuments/1908."
SOURCES/2: The following writings and notices about the monument are from The New York Times, as indicated: Berkow, Ira. “Sports of the Times: Bronze Guy Stands Tall Sans Towel,” September 7, 2000; Hollander, Sophia. “U.S. Open: Notebook – Offended Fan Wants Ashe Statue Moved,” September 2, 2000; Kilgannon, Corey. “Wide World of Sports in a Queens Park,” September 12, 2010. Robbins, Liz. “Tennis: Notebook -- Statue for Ashe Creates Confusion ,” August 29, 2000; Smith, Joyce Dinitia. “The Essence of a Tennis Champion, Cast in Bronze,” July 27, 2000; Wadler, “Public Lives: In Capturing a Start, Artist Goes for the Spirit,” September 1, 2000.
SITE MAINTENANCE: Business/Commerce/Organization -- United States Tennis Association



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