Cubs' Happ Showing Wrigley Field Through His Eyes

Ian Happ created a unique art project for his family's charity.

Chris Emma
January 18, 2020 - 2:32 pm
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CHICAGO (670 The Score) -- Cubs outfielder Ian Happ still remembers the first time he stepped onto Wrigley Field, not long after he was drafted ninth overall in 2015.

"When you actually step out on the field, there's a presence," Happ said. "It's hard to describe. Especially when you walk out of that dugout and out to the field, the presence you feel, the history, it has its own voice."

Happ has a unique vantage point of the Cubs' fabled ballpark from his position in the outfield. He also wanted to share that.

So the 25-year-old Happ and artist Patrick Vale created the "Through My Eyes" project, a three-piece series of artwork showcasing Wrigley Field from various perspectives -- "From The Dugout," "3-2, 2 Outs" and "Coming Home." 

Net proceeds from every sale go directly to The Happ Family Charitable Fund, which benefits mental health and wellness initiatives in Chicago and across the country.

"When I lost my dad in 2015, we as a family always wanted to do something to give back," Happ said. "We didn't want it to revolve around brain cancer. We wanted it to be about the way he lived his life. So for us to be able to get an opportunity with my platform to do that, it's all lined up really well."

Happ found Vale's work through a friend and was captivated by the detail. It's why he felt Vale could capture Wrigley Field with such precision.

Happ has always had a passion for art and began thinking of the idea for the Through My Eyes project as he would host at Wrigley Field before a game.

"We would bring people down to the field who had been to Wrigley a hundred times but had never actually been on the field," Happ said. "Once they got down there and looked back up, they had this awe-inspiring moment where they couldn't believe the view. 

"To be able to relay that through the artwork the way that Patrick has, hand-drawing it, drawing every fan individually, it's really cool that he's brought the voice of Wrigley out."

For more information on the Through My Eyes project and artwork, visit wrigleythroughmyeyes.com.

Chris Emma covers the Bears, Chicago’s sports scene and more for 670TheScore.com. Follow him on Twitter @CEmma670.