Art installation, anthem mash-up to debut at Lexington Legends game

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LEXINGTON, Ky. (WTVQ) – This Saturday night’s Lexington Legends game will look both new and old.

The team will showcase an art installation tied to a bit of history.

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“This is bigger than I ever imagined,” Ashley Grigsby, Lexington Legends ticket sales manager, said.

Grigsby didn’t know when she confided in her friend about race in America, it would turn into an art installation aptly named, ‘I Was Here,’ which be seen across downtown Lexington, and soon at Whitaker Bank Ballpark.

“I just talked to her very candidly, and as a friend, she listened,” Grigsby said. “But then as a friend and an artist, she went above and beyond.”

That friend is Lexington artist Marjorie Guyon.

She said she had already been talking to her daughter about race in the country, and so when Grigsby approached her, she knew she had to act.

“She said, ‘what are we going to do?’ I said, ‘I don’t know, but we’ll do something to shift the spirit of the country,’” Guyon recalled.

She said one day, She was looking over Grigsby’s shoulder and envisioned transparent artwork in several windows in downtown Lexington surrounding her studio in Tandy Park.

“The project began with a mother and child,” Guyon said.

The mother-son duo was Grigsby and her seven-year-old son – five at the time.

The project has since grown and involves several artists.

One of them is Barry Burton. He wrote two poems for the project.

“That was a blessing because all those words came through me from a higher power,” Burton said.

In addition to the art, Saturday’s Legends game will start with a mash up of the ‘Star Spangled Banner’ and ‘Lift Every Voice and Sing,’ the Black national anthem.

There’ll also be a history lesson about the Lexington Hustlers, the city’s first professional baseball team, which was also part of the Negro League. Players will wear their uniforms.

Legends owner Andy Shea said he’s proud to host.

“I hope everyone just has a renewed sense of community and inclusiveness and just being together,” Shea said.

“I really truly do hope that they experience it and see it with a level of love and just humanity,” Grigby said.

Guyon said the installation will eventually turn into an augmented reality walking tour in downtown Lexington with songs that will accompany each one. You can read more about the project here.