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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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