Bow wow! Vancouver poodle statue causes a stir
Published Friday, February 1, 2013 9:10AM PST
Last Updated Friday, February 1, 2013 10:28PM PST
A pricey pooch on a pedestal has people in Vancouver scratching their heads.
Dubbed “The Main Street Poodle,” a new public art installation at Main Street and 17th Avenue is part of a larger public art project that costs just shy of $100,000.
The seven-foot tall porcelain dog statue, which sits high atop a 25-foot thick black pole, was put there by local and federal governments, as well as TransLink.
The poodle has inspired a Twitter handle, @MainStPoodle, full of quips about the perched canine.
“Can’t decide on whether to look haughty or imperious today. Will just go with goofy (again),” a post Thursday read.
The sculpture – officially called Untitled (Poodle) -- is the creation of Montreal artist Gisele Amantea, who spends time on B.C.'s Gulf Islands. She was one of three artists chosen to participate in a public art project on Main Street called 88 Blocks – Art on Main.
Apparently the canine art was inspired by a bus journey along Main Street taken by the artist in 2007.
The regal poodle is just one of four pieces of art in the Main Street art plan. There’s also a giant hot-pink, knitted poodle cozy that wraps one of the public buses in the busy transit corridor.
Vancouver has more than 300 pieces of public art.
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