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Dublin will break out in golf balls to promote Presidents Cup

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Golf balls of unusual size will soon be set up around Dublin, heralding the coming of the Presidents Cup.

Dublin City Council members last week gave staff members the go ahead to seek sponsors for nine golf ball sculptures, and as many as 18 if enough sponsors can be found.

The community art that will work to create awareness of the Presidents Cup event coming to Dublin's Muirfield Village Golf Club in October includes a three-foot golf ball mounted on a tee and base.

"Each statue could be sponsored by a Dublin business and decorated by a Dublin school, community organization or community partner to showcase the vibrant, dynamic aspects of the city," a staff report to council stated.

"Each statue would bear a placard listing the name of the sponsoring and decorating organizations, as well as information about Dublin."

The golf balls will be placed throughout Dublin, the staff report said, and include a map with the locations of the other golf ball sculptures.

Companies could sponsor the golf ball sculptures for between $1,500 and $2,000.

"We believe there will be four sold without even asking," said Sandra Puskarcik, Dublin's director of community relations.

City Manager Marsha Grigsby said the Dublin Chamber of Commerce has volunteered to help find sponsors and the Dublin Arts Council can help find artists to paint the golf balls.

Other promotions and activities for the Presidents Cup are proceeding and include a street piano for Historic Dublin that will be painted in a golf theme.

An upright piano and bench called "Playing Through" will host pianists and offer time for the public to tickle the ivories.

After the Presidents Cup is over the interactive artwork with "an open invitation for all to sit down and take a turn at the keyboard" will be both inside and outside at different events, a news release from the Dublin Arts Council said.

ALTernative, the Columbus-based artists team led by Tim Lai and Eliza Ho, will paint the piano and the artwork will be dedicated during the Aug. 13 opening of "emerging," the annual student art exhibition.

"Music and visual art transcend language and the arts are the perfect vehicle for welcoming guests from around the world to our community," said David Guion, Dublin Arts Council executive director.

"I look forward to adding 'Playing Through' to Dublin's noteworthy public art collection and to seeing residents and visitors enjoying interaction with this piece of public art."

Community input is being sought by ALTernative for inspiration for painting the piano through a survey at surveymonkey.com/s/ T63CXN3. The survey will be available through midnight July 22.

The piano will be part of the Oct. 3 street festival with professional and public players, Puskarcik said.

The street festival is slated to run from 5 to 10 p.m. and will shut down Bridge and High streets.

International, "Irish is an Attitude" and community stages are planned for entertainment, Puskarcik said.

"The community stage will be all Dublin City School children," she said.

Beer and wine vendors are being contacted for the festival in addition to food trucks. Historic Dublin restaurants also are being asked to develop a to-go option for the evening, Puskarcik said.

The Presidents Cup will bring two teams of golfers -- a United States team versus an international team -- to compete at Muirfield Village Oct. 1-6.

An Oct. 3 Old Dublin street festival with other public art also will celebrate the event.

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