Dog Days of Summer sculptures hit streets of Greater Lafayette

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. — Ranging from artistic to scientific, life-size decorated dog statues are popping up throughout the Greater Lafayette area as part of the Dog Days of Summer art project.

The project, which officially opens on Saturday (May 9), is a partnership between the Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine and the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette. It highlights the 50th anniversary of the School of Veterinary Medicine and the 100th anniversary of the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette, both of which are being celebrated this year.

Lowe's employee Roger Beaver fastens down 'Dog Tagged' on Main Street between 10th and 11th streets in Lafayette. It is the first dog in the Dog Days of Summer exhibition in Lafayette, West Lafayette and on the Purdue campus. The dogs are mounted on 600-pound bases, which were placed in their designated locations by crews from Purdy Concrete and Fairfield Contractors. (Photo courtesy of Dog Days of Summer)

Lowe's employee Roger Beaver fastens down 'Dog Tagged' on Main Street between 10th and 11th streets in Lafayette. It is the first dog in the Dog Days of Summer exhibition in Lafayette, West Lafayette and on the Purdue campus. The dogs are mounted on 600-pound bases, which were placed in their designated locations by crews from Purdy Concrete and Fairfield Contractors. (Photo courtesy of Dog Days of Summer)

The exhibit’s opening is scheduled to coincide with “Mosey Down Main Street,” a free festival that will take place from 6 p.m. to midnight Saturday on Lafayette’s Main Street between Sixth and Ninth streets. The festival will feature music, performers, food and vendors. There will be Dog Days of Summer merchandise for sale, raffle tickets to win one of the dogs, and the opportunity to paint dog magnets and to decorate your own dog on a T-shirt.

The Dog Days of Summer builds upon previous sculpture projects in the community: Hog Wild in 2003 and Frog Follies in 2005. This new project also is inspired by the School of Veterinary Medicine’s outdoor sculpture “Continuum” by Larry Anderson, which features a dog as part of its array of people and animals in a depiction of the enduring human-animal bond.

As part of the project, artists from Indiana and other areas decorated three-dimensional fiberglass dog forms, which will be displayed in Lafayette, West Lafayette and on the Purdue campus through September. Many sponsors supported the project at a level sufficient to have their name associated with a specific dog. Plaques placed with each dog identify the artists, title and the sponsor.

Two of the painted dogs have special associations with the veterinary school and art museum. “Give a Dog a Bone” by artist Liz Rainey, was adopted by the School of Veterinary Medicine as its official 50th anniversary entry in the exhibit. Faculty, staff and students raised the $5,000 sponsorship, which means the school will keep the dog permanently after the exhibit. Similarly, the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette and the Art League adopted “Centennial Dog” by artist Louie Laskowski to recognize the museum’s 100th anniversary. Board members raised the $5,000 sponsorship to enable the museum to keep the dog permanently.

In addition to the exhibit itself, numerous events are planned in which children and adults can learn more about dogs, veterinary care and produce their own works of dog art. The Dog Days of Summer project also will have a presence and offer activities at local community events such as Round the Fountain Art Fair and Gallery Walk. The public also will have the chance to vote on its favorite dog and to win one of the dog sculptures through a raffle.

In conjunction with the exhibition, a few of the decorated dogs will go on the road as part of the School of Veterinary Medicine’s traveling exhibit in celebration of its 50th anniversary. Other dog sculptures will be auctioned off to the public on Oct. 4. Proceeds from the project will benefit the School of Veterinary Medicine’s 50th Anniversary Scholarship Endowment and its Good Samaritan Fund, and the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette’s art education programs.

Major Dog Days sponsors include the Art Museum of Greater Lafayette and Art League; Awards Unlimited; the city of Lafayette; clients of the Purdue University Veterinary Teaching Hospital and Lyn Freeman, doctor of veterinary medicine; DeFouw Chevrolet; Fairfield Contractors Inc.; Farm Bureau Insurance; Haywood Printing; Henriott Group; Holder and Fehrenbach Law Offices; Jones and Phillips Associates; the Journal & Courier; Lafayette Bank and Trust; Lafayette Life Foundation; Lafayette Limo; Lafayette-West Lafayette Convention and Visitors Bureau; Laird Therapy Dog Rescue; Lausch Photography; Lilly Tippecanoe Labs; Lowe’s Home Improvement; Muinzer Moving & Storage; Old National Bank for WBAA; Paw Prints Animal Hospital; Purdue Beat Society; Purdue Employees Federal Credit Union; Purdue University School of Veterinary Medicine Alumna Deborah Breitstein, doctor of veterinary medicine; Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine Class of 1964; Purdue School of Veterinary Medicine faculty, staff and students; Purdy Concrete; Regions Bank; Sheila and Vic Klinker; Sovereign Catering & Events; Spiris Inc.; and W.H. Long Companies.

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One Response to “Dog Days of Summer sculptures hit streets of Greater Lafayette”

  1. D R Patrick says:

    I need a map of where the dogs are located.

    TKS

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