New York Red Bulls star forward Thierry Henry utilized his talents to reveal a 24-by-21-foot mural in Midtown Manhattan today. Teaming up with local pop artist and Kid Robot designer toy creator, Tristan Eaton, Henry used the force of his famous goal-scoring strikes to launch a series of triggers and objects-in-motion to produce and unveil a work of art inspired by the team and the city of New York.
First meeting months before, Henry and Eaton connected on a common vision and worked on the logistics of aiming a ball from 30 feet to a tiny circular target, much smaller than the goals Henry is used to scoring on. Not surprisingly, when it came time to hit the targets for the reveal, Henry nailed them all.
“It was really special seeing it all come together,” said the two-time MLS All-Star and World Cup Champion. “I have a huge admiration for the type of pop and modern art that Tristan does, plus we have our love for Marvel Comics in common, so it was easy to connect.”
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Also inspired by the New York Red Bulls and Thierry’s passion for life beyond soccer -- including art, music and fashion -- Tristan’s vision and art-in-motion skills made this giant canvas come to life with huge bulls charging out of the scene.
“It was a long process; I built the structure in pieces, so it was quite a sight to see it come together,” said the artist, who has work on permanent display at the MOMA. “It was also awesome to give a superstar like Thierry a challenge and make him sweat.”
The final mural will exist primarily at the home of the New York Red Bulls at Red Bull Arena in Harrison, New Jersey. The team’s next home game is on Sunday, July 15 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are available for the whole season, which goes through the end of October. New Yorkers can also watch games on MSG Networks (MSG and MSG+), the home of the New York Red Bulls, all season long.
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