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Local artist commemorates Eagles Championship Parade with unique print

Artist uses words to paint a fan picture

LANSDALE, Pa. - They say a picture is worth a thousand words, but for artist Daniel Duffy, a thousand words are worth a picture.

Duffy is a word artist, creating images out of tiny words and numbers. In his most recent print, he writes out every single Philadelphia Eagles game with the date, score, and opponent, starting with the first game ever played in 1933 and ending with this year's Super Bowl victory. It was a long, and at times painful, journey for Eagles fans but one that was worth the wait.

"This was more about the city and the history of Eagles as opposed to just this team and just this season so I figured there would be nothing better than to write out every game and then inside you just have the various generations that were all kind of suffering together until that moment," said Duffy.

The 1,188 games written out form the scene from the Championship Parade around the Art Museum steps, arguably one of the greatest days in Philly sports history.

"I just wanted to make sure I did something big, something to honor their fanhood," said Duffy.

Duffy started the piece right after the parade and finished up this week. It was a nearly 200-hour project, now generating a viral response from Eagles fans. He's already sold hundreds of copies.

"I think in the 400s or so and it's only been released for three days," said Duffy.

Duffy has been creating word art for the last ten years, drawing everything from iconic people, places and of course, Philadelphia sports teams. He says the unique style captures people's attention easily.

"They step back and then they see it's some kind of image and then they come up closer," said Duffy.

But the Montgomery County native and die-hard Eagles fan says this print in particular is his favorite knowing he's helping fellow birds fans commemorate a historic moment and the victory of a lifetime.

"It's an honor, it's something I'll never get used to," said Duffy.

If you're interested in more of Duffy's word art, check out his website Philly Word Art.


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