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Denver Animal Shelter Gets a New, ‘Big Dog’ on Campus


Sit boy! 90,000 stainless steel pet tags twinkle on Sun Spot, a tri-piece artwork created in the Demiurge studios and installed May 23, 2011, on Denver’s new Municipal Animal Shelter at the South Platte Campus.

The main 20-foot tall steel skeleton was created over 3 months, with every tag groomed, cared for and hand-placed like it was the Demiurge family pet.  Designed so the tags flutter in the breeze and twinkle in the sun, the colored by LED lights at night will also bring constant motion and life to this sculpture. 

Demiurge worked closely with artists Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan to translate their vision, beginning with the artist's maquette of the sculpture translated into a three-dimensional computer model, which was then used to cut the structural skeleton.  With time lapse progress recording every day and regular updates, Demiurge ensures artists feel as close to their project as being on site every day.

The warm and friendly silver giant represents “every dog” and was installed by Demiurge in two pieces with cranes.  


Laura Haddad and Tom Drugan-- based in Seattle, WA, and who have created more than twenty public art installations throughout the United States.  The artistic duo was won a competition in 2010 for focusing on integrating site-specific art into urban infrastructure.



Reader Comments (2)

This dog is the bomb. Saw it last week Nowicki know who made it.

September 30, 2011 | Unregistered CommenterDee Jay

Animal shelter is becoming a question for the society and the people who are keeping pets with them are not that much aware about their care and shelter also. To stop this the Denver animal shelter center trying to aware the people by making a Iron dog and putting many aware related tags in it with LEd to make the people update about it. I really appreciate this blog and I think this should be done in every country to change the scenario.

November 7, 2013 | Unregistered CommenterGelerysurnum

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