Friday Five: Dog Sculptures
Wow, what a hectic few days! We are so glad it is the weekend. Thankfully, we just managed to slip in this Friday Five so we can all end the week with some doggie fun. Personally, I love how often dogs are portrayed in art as it remind us of the huge impact they have on our lives. Today we thought we would share five of our favourite dog sculptures!
1. Jeff Koons “Puppy”
We had to start with this classic, as who doesn’t like a giant puppy made of flowers? I remember back in 1995 when Puppy, a 12.4 m (43ft) tall topiary sculpture of a West Highland White Terrier puppy sat next to Sydney Harbour outside the Museum of Contempory Art – such a cute and beautiful sight! Puppy was eventually bought by the Solomon R. Guggenheim Foundation and installed on the terrace outside the Guggenheim Museum in Bilbao. However, it still occasionally travels like in 2000 when it visited New York City.
2. Haroshi Skateboard Dog
Haroshi makes his art pieces by salvaging and recycling old skateboards. His creations come in several styles such as wooden mosaics, dots, and pixels but for his most fantastic looking ones he stacks the skateboards together and shaves the wonderous wood layers into the form of the final art piece. His latest work was on display in LA at the HUF x Haroshi x DLX show. We of course love the dog but it also stands out because of its unshaped posterior that reveals all the skateboards used to create it.
3. “Your Dog” by Yoshitomo Nara
Yoshitomo Nara became well known in the 1990s during Japan’s pop art movement. His paintings, sculptures and drawings of seemingly innocent wide-eyed children and dogs have become his trademark over the years. Nara’s Dog comes in many forms – including a more affordable wooden pull toy – but we love Your Dog that lives at Palm Springs Art Museum.
4. Takashi Murakami Dog Sculptures
Takashi Murakami is a contemporary artist originally from Tokyo in Japan. He works in fine arts media (painting and sculpture) as well as what is considered commercial media (fashion, merchandise, and animation). He has become well known for blurring the line between high and low art. Murakami has also had a long-lasting collaboration with fashion brand Louis Vuitton which began when he created the multi-colour artwork that was used in the design of a series of handbags. His best dog-related works, however, are his metallic dog sculptures that come in gold and in silver and were shown in Miami in 2010. You can also read this interview with him about his dog, Pom!
5. Snoopy Parade
While not on display anymore we wanted to include this fun collection of Snoopy sculptures that were displayed in Lisbon back in 2011. The collection was called the Snoopy Parade and was an urban art installation that invited the public to wander throughout the city, visiting the statues of the famous dog re-created by various artists and painters. The collection was not only created to celebrate 60 years of Snoopy, but also to raise funds for UNICEF and the Schools for Africa program.
Let us know about any lovely dog sculptures you have seen! Happy Friday!
Published on March 23, 2012