Abstract representations in sports logos.

Typically, in American sports you see so many teams go with a proper noun as to what they decide to use as a mascot or logo (i.e. Eagles, Tigers, Lions, Giants, Spartans, etc. etc.) However, others use abstract concepts that are then personified. Using those concepts, how can we find symbols in art that best match up with those team names?

Stanford University's official team name is the Cardinal (the color, not the bird.) However, the stanford tree has become a sort of unofficial mascot for the school. The tree is a representation of El Palo Alto, a costal redwood tree near the campus. The tree does appear on the official athletics logo for the school's teams. This 19th century oil painting features native americans living in a redwood forest and uses spatial perspective to demonstrate how tall and dense the forest is compared to the people.
The recently announced Orlando Pride of the NWSL use an image of the fountain in Lake Eola for their logo. Pride and Progress is a mural in Philadelphia that depicts people of all different backgrounds celebrating and working towards estabishing gay rights. The mural also uses an aspect of spatial perspective to give a sort of timeline of the gay rights movement.
The Nashville Predators of the NHL use a Saber-Toothed Cat as their logo as a reference to a skeleton of the animal found in the Nashville area. This mural of the Sci-Fi Predator by Emi Mariani in Buenos Aires features the creature in the foreground and a burning landscape in the background.
The Orlando Magic of the NBA use a blue and silver basketball with a trail of stars and a magical aurora that trails the ball. Yeon Doo Jung's photograph is a whimsical effort to display fantasy and bring a magical feeling to life. A lot of the images in the photograph are styled to look like children's drawings such as the moon and the bird flying.
The New England Revolution of the MLS use a stylized version of the american flag with the stars shaped to form a soccer ball. Frederic Whitaker's watercolor features a lively American flag blowing in the wind as a family looks on and holds their hands over their hearts in front of their home.
The San Diego Chargers of the NFL have used an arc-shaped lightning bolt since their inception in 1960. This Early 19th century painting by Luke Clennell of military wagons moving through a storm uses elements of spatial perspective to draw out how large the caravan is and the enormity of the storm.
The Minnesota Wild of the NHL use a forest landscape and the north star superimposed into the silhouette of an unidentified wild animal. This mid-19th century painting of two bears is actually supposed to be depicting American black bears according to the description of the piece, and not brown bears as they are represented as.
The Seattle Reigh of the NWSL use an image of a large silver crown resting atop the head of a woman with blue hair and black accents and a quiet yet strong facial expression. This portrait of Queen Isabella II of Spain shows her with a similar facial expression alongside several of her royal accoutrements.
The Utah Jazz use a music note with a Blue, Yellow, and Green Basketball on the end of it s their logo. This mural of Jazz pianist Oscar Peterson done by Gene Pendon celebrates the musician. The Blues, Purples, and Black represent the nightlight that is often associated with Jazz.
The New York Liberty of the WNBA predominantly features the Statue of Liberty in their logo. Originally designed by french sculptor Frédéric Auguste Bartholdi and constructed by Gustave Eiffel, this painting by Rachael Robinson Elmer shows two ships approaching the statue in New York Harbor. The painting makes use of muted colors to give off a more nostalgic tone.
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