So, I’m walking around Downtown Albany yesterday morning and I keep coming across these dog statues all along the sidewalks. Each with its own theme and is meticulously painted.
First one I saw I thought it was just random then I saw another , and then maybe half dozen more then I had to figure you what’s the deal with these statues.
Come to find
out that there are 20 of these three foot statues and they are the brain child of the Outdoor Placemaking Program who got together 20 different regional artists to design and place these sculptures around the city. The exhibit is called, Downtown is Pawsome.
Here’s a little bit more on the Outdoor Placemaking Program. The puppies will be available to view through May of 2018.
“In 2005, the outdoor Placemaking program (formerly “Sculpture in the Streets”) was established to connect Downtown employees, residents and visitors with the places they share by reinventing public spaces with various art forms. From regional creators to world renowned artists like Seward Johnson and George Rickey, the exhibits have attracted thousands annually. Similar past projects included the installation of customized pianos as part of Luke Jerram’s internationally touring Play Me, I’m Yours series in 2014 and giant Dutch clogs celebrating Albany’s history in 2012, all enhanced by the Capital Region’s local art community. The addition of the 10 more sculptures—an expansion of this year’s Placemaking exhibit—was made possible in part by the Amplify Albany Grant Program, a program supported by the City of Albany Capital Resource Corporation and Capitalize Albany Corporation.”