The old saying is that a picture is worth a thousand words. Daniel Duffy does it the other way around.
The Philadelphia artist set out recently to render Camden Yards the only way he knows: as handwritten “word art,” illustrating his subject with text inspired by the source material. He’s done 2Pac with the rapper’s lyrics; the Philadelphia Eagle with the team’s all-time roster; even José Altuve with every date, score and opponent of every Houston Astros game this past season.
Camden Yards was a similar challenge. The name of every Orioles player since 1954, the year the franchise moved to Baltimore, would make up the vista. All 1,046 of ’em. The planning alone took about five hours, Duffy said. Early on, he considered giving Cal Ripken Jr. and Brooks Robinson plum positions. Then he decided against it.