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New public art celebrates sportsmanship

San Ramon's Parks and Community Services Commission recently approved the design for a new piece of public art in the Dougherty Valley sports park in the Dougherty Valley. Titled "Huddle Up," the sculpture will represent values of teamwork.

Designed by artist Chris Wrench, Huddle Up is "an abstract look at three team members in a huddle to discuss San Ramon sports." Huddle Up will be located in the paved intersection between the park's baseball diamonds and soccer field.

The sculpture features three red pieces of steel, 12 to 16 feet high, bent inward to look at a kinetic metal ball.

"It will move in the wind and words representing sports, teamwork and values that will be engraved in the sphere," said parks Division Manager Esther Lucas.

Using the city's Open San Ramon survey, residents will be able to submit words they associated with sports values such as respect and fair play. The most frequently submitted words will be laser cut into the ball.

The city conducted an open call for submissions in which 18 artists responded. The Arts Advisory Committee interviewed eight artists before recommending Wrench for his style, medium and local roots.

Lucas added that the Parks Commission went through at least a dozen variations of the sculpture before agreeing to the design.

The design and install Huddle Up cost $29,000, program manager Kathi Heimann said. Although there is no set timeline for installation, Heimann believes Huddle Up will be installed in Fall 2013.

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Posted by Roz Rogoff, the San Ramon Observer
on Jun 24, 2013 at 7:24 pm

Roz Rogoff is a registered user.

The Parks Commission didn't go through the preliminary designs. It was the Arts Advisory Committee that reviewed about a dozen different designs before sending Huddle Up to the Parks Commission for approval.

See my latest blog Web Link on the selection process for Huddle Up and the new one that is now being developed for Athan Downs Park.

Roz


Posted by Jim, a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 25, 2013 at 8:39 am

How do we have money to waste on this?


Posted by David G, a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 27, 2013 at 7:22 am

Money for art in the park comes from a special fund whose source of funds are fees paid by developers. No General Fund money is used for these projects.

David G.


Posted by Resident, a resident of San Ramon
on Jun 27, 2013 at 7:58 am

Jim,
Like David said, the funds for this public art come from a fund that was set up to provide public art in the city. It can't be used for police services or traffic light maintenance or park maintenance only public art.


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