30 March 2009

Lowell, MA and The Big Dog Show

I'm looking forward to meeting the folks in Lowell on Wednesday to talk about the plan for the show and seek out the perfect park location. They really get the importance of art and culture in their community. It’ll be a pleasure to bring the exhibition there.

It looks like they’ll be the last spot of the 2009 tour… just after the U Mass Lowell students settle in for the year and who I hope will find the exhibit amusing.

Who know where the dogs will go from here…

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26 March 2009

South San Francisco and the American Dog

I am thrilled to announce that I just signed a deal with the City of South San Francisco, CA to place a 10-foot American Dog at their dog park on Centennial Way.

I submitted a response to an RFP for the city back in the spring of 2008 and they fell in love with the dog and found the perfect place for it. You never know where your connections will lead you.

I’m designing this 10-foot version now and hope to have it in place sometime this May.

I hope the people of South San Francisco, their visitors and, of course, their dogs enjoy many years of happiness in the company of the “American Dog.”

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25 March 2009

More public art

One of the most rewarding aspects of my work is to share it with residents and visitors in public spaces. That’s why I was thrilled to hear recently that I was selected as the artist to create a sculpture for Central Park in San Ramon, CA.

What interested me most when I heard about this opportunity was the varied community use of the park as well as the description by the Parks & Community Services Department that the work should "portray the sense of fun and family that San Ramon is known for." I enjoy designing work that is accessible and enjoyed by people of all ages.

As with most commissioned art pieces I’ve done, the process is lengthy. I’ve found that the most important thing I can do as the chosen artist is to listen, collaborate and compromise. This is the community’s art and should represent the quality of their community not only to residents but also to visitors.

I look forward to a trip to San Ramon, less than an hour east of San Francisco, in a couple of weeks to meet with their planning committee where we’ll discuss possible designs and direction on the first day and refine them on day 2. It is expected that the piece will be installed in late fall 2009.

I’m honored to have another piece of public art on the west coast.

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11 March 2009

The Big Dog Show

This is the first official announcement to kick-off “The Big Dog Show”—a five-city tour of twenty of my 8-foot, cor-ten steel dog sculptures (see photo) this summer.

This project has been in the works since January 2008. I’m happy to have all five cities on board and excited. The dogs are in the process of being created. And, we’re moving full speed ahead to start promoting the event.

Who knows where they go from here…

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