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Ceremony planned to name Presidents Cup Plaza

BriHi Square upper plaza to be temporarily renamed; art for the event to be unveiled

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Jason Mitchell (left) and Michael Bambeck, owner of Signs by Tomorrow, put decals on one of 18 decorative golf balls sculptures that will be placed throughout Dublin for the upcoming President's Cup at Muirfield Village Golf Club. The ball being decorated in the photograph is sponsored by the Dublin Convention and Visitors Bureau.
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A piece of Historic Dublin will be named for the international golf event coming to the city in October.

A Sept. 12 ceremony is slated for 6 p.m. to name the upper plaza of BriHi Square Presidents Cup Plaza.

The name will be temporary, but the art unveiled at the event will last longer.

"There will be an unveiling of the new artwork that was commissioned by Dublin from Bev Goldie," said Sandra Puskarcik, Dublin's director of community relations.

The Dublin painter's piece commissioned for the dedication is "Dublin Through John Shield's Eyes."

The new street piano, "Playing Through," will also be heard from.

"There are two players," said Janet Cooper, Dublin Arts Council marketing and public relations manager.

"The first is Eric Killian, 12, of Dublin playing a classical arrangement of a patriotic song. The second is Mark King," Cooper said.

King is a Dublin doctor who started Christine's Christmas concert and has played other gigs throughout the city.

The standup piano was commissioned for the Presidents Cup is part of Dublin's interactive art and it will be placed around Dublin and central Ohio for the public to play.

"The piano will remain there through that evening for the public to play," Cooper said.

Also to be unveiled Sept. 12 are 18 giant golf balls that were purchased by different Dublin organizations and businesses and painted.

The locations of the golf balls will be announced at the dedication ceremony.

But art won't be the sole focus of the Sept. 12 event.

Remarks will be made by PGA officials and Dublin Mayor Tim Lecklider.

"The other thing we're doing is placing international flags at the plaza representing the participating countries," Puskarcik said.

The Presidents Cup pits a team of American players against a team of the best players from throughout the world, excluding Europe.

The team lineups were set to be released Sept. 4 and flags for the members of the team will be placed in the plaza.

The top 18 moments in Dublin golf will also be announced at the ceremony.

The public was asked to vote on top Dublin golf events such as the Jerome High School girls and boys golf teams winning state championships in 2012, the first round of golf at Muirfield and golfer Tiger Woods winning his third consecutive Memorial Tournament.

The dedication ceremony will run from 6 to 6:30 p.m. with bagpipes kicking off the event at 5:40 p.m.

Refreshments from Dublin restaurants will follow.

"The public is invited," Puskarcik said.

"We're encouraging people to stay and play the piano and have some hors d'oeuvres."

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