Mark Williams, owner and head designer of Imagine That Laser Art Products, was commissioned for an unusual project to build a 1/48th scale replica of Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field. I can imagine the conversation went a little something like this:
Bratty, Rich Brooklyn Dodgers Fan: I want a 1/48 scale replica of Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field.
Mark Williams: Listen, a replica of Brooklyn’s Ebbets Field is going to take a lot of effort and frankly, uncle Matt is a bit tired. How about I make you something else?
Bratty, Rich Brooklyn Dodgers Fan: I just want Ebbets Field! With railings that are hand soldered, hand tied screens attached to each railings, 31,000 green-coloured seat bottoms that fold up, 1,000 lights that illuminate brightly, a hot dog stand, ticket windows, even some pigeon poop running down the side walls and a bird’s nest tucked in under the roof.
Mark Williams: Why… why are you yelling at me?
Bratty, Rich Brooklyn Dodgers Fan: Make me the stadium, clown!
Mark Williams: All right, I’m going to make you the stadium. But I don’t want to make you a stadium.
Bratty, Rich Brooklyn Dodgers Fan: Shut your mouth, funny guy, and make it.
Mark Williams:[later] Take that, you hyena, don’t say thank you.
The final product took a year to build and measures 16 by 12 feet in diameter and stands over two feet high. Every aspect of the project was assembled from scratch and the attention to detail is staggering.
“It’s fully operational,” Williams told The Windsor Star. “We designed all the parts, did all the researching ourselves through the internet and photographs. Everything is very accurate and because it’s made of wood, it lends itself to an older texture and it looks like it’s real.”