City parks and playgrounds will receive a bounding bounty of basketballs—650 in all—courtesy of the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery, which recently wrapped up an art exhibit featuring the balls in the form of a large pyramid.
Artist David Huffman designed the art installation as part of an exhibition entitled, SHIFT, which was intended to spark dialogue about race in America.
The balls were initially donated to the Arts Commission Gallery by local sporting good purveyor Sports Basement.
“When Bay Area artist David Huffman said that he wanted to build a pyramid out of 650 basketballs in the middle of the SFAC Gallery, the wheels were set in motion to facilitate the creation of an ambitious work of art that would benefit the community,” stated SFAC Gallery Director Meg Shiffler. “We’re extremely grateful for Sports Basement’s donation of the balls, and excited to now pass them to the Recreation and Parks Department where they can be used in citywide youth basketball programs.”
The balls are earmarked for the Recreation and Park Department’s youth and girls basketball programs and will also be distributed for free play at recreation centers and clubhouses throughout the city. Basketball remains one of the most popular and widely played sports in the city.
“In this season of sharing, we are truly thankful for this gift from the Arts Commission and Sports Basement,” said Phil Ginsburg, Recreation and Park Department general manager. “These balls will help support our recreation programs and ensure that every kid in this city has a chance to get out and play.”