Hermon Dog Park may have finally found its artistic mascot

Drawing by Jolino Byrd

The Friends of Hermon Dog Park have been trying for several years now to build a dog-centric sculpture for the freeway-adjacent dog park. But, after watching two previously approved projects fall through, the group has high hopes for its third selection, an approximately five-foot-high sculpture called “Hermon the Ball” (pictured).

Renderings of the proposed sculpture by Jolino Beserra have been sent to the Recreation and Parks Department for review, and other community groups will also have a chance to weigh in, said Hermon community activist Wendi Riser. Riser and the Friends of  Hermon Dog Park have been through this before.

In 2009,  the group abandoned plans to build  “Dog Ami,”  an “origami-style” sculpture of three dogs, after the artist’s cost estimate soared from $10,000 to $77,000.

The friends then embraced “River Dogs at Hermon Park,” which consisted of  two, larger-than-life dog sculptures made from river rocks. But after lengthy delays, the contract for “River Dogs” was canceled earlier this year and the artist destroyed one of the sculptures.

Now,  in its third attempt, The Friends of the Hermon Dog Park has high hopes for “Hermon on the Ball.”  The artwork which is inspired by Oaxacan folk art, would sit on a hill above the dog park near the Avenue 60 exit off the Arroyo Seco Parkway.

The dog would be covered in colorful mosaic tile and the ball would include broken dishware and mementos, perhaps dog tags, suggests Riser. “We’re very excited.”

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