Monkeyin’ Around Again in the Park

A monkey at a Public Art Dedication? Don't worry, he's well behaved and Mayor Wilson even let him sit on his shoulder.

There was monkey business in the Athan Downs Park this evening.

Sock, my old sock monkey, and I were invited by Kathi Heiman, San Ramon program manager, to the dedication ceremony for the latest outdoor art installment in the beautiful park on Montevideo in San Ramon this evening.

What a perfect evening for a dedication. Sock and I thoroughly enjoyed ourselves.

Sock behaved perfectly, not even asking for another glass of sparkling cider,  though it is his favorite, besides bananas, that is. We toasted the “Shadow Dancers” and its arrival in our city this year.

The sculpture, five poles holding colorful spinning cups, soars high above the bright green grass, waiting for the San Ramon wind to spin them this way and that. When Sock and I took pictures for our previous article, there was a breeze, but none was to be found this evening.

The "Shadow Dancers" were perfectly silhouetted with the sun setting behind them and when I looked closer I saw there is now a plaque at the base of the middle pole with the name of the sculpture and the artist, David Boyer.

The guests for the evening were treated to a beautiful poem, read by Elaine Betts, describing perfectly the whimsical nature of this fun art. We also thoroughly enjoyed an animated dance by the Art in Motion Dancers. Both the poem and the dance captured the essence of the artwork and were fun additions to a fun evening.

Kathi Heiman has sent Sock and I an older map and we are continuing our hunt for more and more art. We both look forward to seeing what’s in store next... maybe a monkey sculpture in another park? How many have you found?

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