A dramatic reminder of the connections of soccer to fans, communities and social values can now be seen opposite the northeast entrance to Allianz Field. OMNIS, an original bronze sculpture by internationally-recognized artist Jim Sanborn, is a dynamic work of art that conveys themes drawn from the history of the sport going back over 2,500 years.
OMNIS is a 12-foot tall, 5-foot in diameter work in the form of a cylinder, with words cut out of the metal and represented in over forty languages. An internal light further highlights the words and writing at night, and also projects the written images onto surrounding structures. An associated plaque describes the work and explains the concept and messages that the artist – known for “making the invisible visible” – has embedded in this work.
Jim Sanborn is an internationally-known artist from Maryland, with dozens of installations and other works now in public as well as private collections. Among these are outdoor pieces located at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology in Cambridge, Massachusetts; the University of Rochester in New York; the Hirshhorn Museum in Washington, D.C.; the University of Houston; the City of Denver; and the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration headquarters in Silver Spring, Maryland. Perhaps his most well-known work is Kryptos, a cryptographic sculpture located at the Central Intelligence Agency courtyard in Langley, Virginia, and featured by Dan Brown in his 2009 novel The Lost Symbol.