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New Artwork at Little Caesars Arena Puts Spotlight on Legends Chris Chelios and Ben Wallace

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An artistic tribute to Detroit Red Wings legend Chris Chelios and Detroit Pistons defensive marvel Ben Wallace has arrived at Little Caesars Arena.

In December, local artist Troy Murray, also known as “TYP,” installed original artwork honoring the two former Detroit athletes on the street-level Via Concourse level.

“Storytelling is always a work in progress at Little Caesars Arena. Both the Red Wings and the Pistons have had exceptional players contribute to the success of the teams. This was an opportunity to celebrate two of those great players,” said Marcel Parent, Curation & Collections Director at Ilitch Holdings, Inc.

Murray, who conceived, developed and installed the artwork, works in a variety of formats specializing in what he calls “the alternative canvas.” He uses real objects to create his surface and paints correlating subjects in effort to bring stories to life in a unique way.

The two-part 3D installation—brought to life with the help of colorful acrylic paint—weighs about 1,500 pounds and features nearly 2,000 pieces primarily consisting of hockey pucks, ice skates, basketballs and sneakers.

Chelios, a three-time Stanley Cup champion who boasts a 10-year tenure with the Red Wings, is the subject of the artwork component titled “The Godfather.” The massive display consists of 1,651 pucks, a puck for each regular season game played by the defenseman over the course of his 26-year NHL career. The number represents the NHL record for both the most regular season games played by a defenseman and the most regular season games by an American player. The 24 silver pucks featured in the piece is an ode to Chelios’ record of holding the most postseason appearances by any player in NHL history.

The Wallace section, titled “Fear the Fro,” features four, regulation-sized gold basketballs that represent the legend’s four seasons of 1,000 rebounds, 100 blocks and 100 steals, along with a record earning the “NBA Defensive Player of the Year” title four times. The canvas also features a large basketball near the center displaying Wallace’s record for these four consecutive legendary seasons. The title of the work alludes to the NBA baller’s fearsome reputation as a defender and the famous afro which he sported during his years with the Pistons.

Sports fans and concertgoers can check out the new art near the Rehmann Club entrance, near sections 119-123, or Portals 15 and 16.

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