Size Matters


There are times when artwork relies on its sheer scale to create an impact on the viewer.

This 28-foot-tall sculpture was made by Richard Jackson and caused quite a stir at the Orange County Museum of Art. The title of the piece is “Bad Dog” and it was rigged up to spray yellow paint onto the side of the building. It was created especially for his exhibition “Richard Jackson: Ain’t Painting a Pain”.

The artist stated that his main hope was to amuse people with the giant pooch. He said “My intention is never to shock or offend anyone or any particular group. People’s reaction to ‘Bad Dog’ or any art for that matter tends to vary. Sometimes, it depends on whether you’re going home from church or from a strip club.”

The dog was crafted from fibreglass and other composite materials with the help of an engineering company in Santa Ana. In all, 52 digitally-cut-out pieces were assembled on site before it was filled with a bucket of yellow paint. A giant pump was then installed.


This sculpture is a lot more environment friendly than the spray painting dog. It was created by Don Kennell out of corrugated sheet metal and powder coated steel frames that were destined for landfill sites. This one is titled “Best Friend” perfectly illustrates how reclaimed metal can be put to other use. It has been cleverly designed with a porch swing hanging from the belly, providing people with a shady and comfortable place to rest.


This striking display was created by award-winning metal sculptor Dale Rogers of Massachusetts. This free, travelling exhibition entitled “The Big Dog Show” included twenty unique 8-foot-high dog sculptures that went on display throughout New England.


This giant dog sculpture is called “Poo” and was commissioned by the comedienne Dawn French after a character in her first novel. She has donated the 9ft tall sculpture to an animal rehoming centre in Shoreham.


The Flying Puli dog sculpture was created by Hungarian artist Gábor Miklós Szőke. It formed part of the Smithsonian Folklife Festival “Hungarian Heritage: Roots to Revival” program. Szőke graduated from the Hungarian University of Fine Arts and has quickly made a name for himself in the contemporary art world. He creates these massive sculptures by screwing wooden slats of various sizes together.

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One Response to Size Matters

  1. aurumeve says:

    These are all awesome and interesting to see where they pop up around the globe! My favorite is the first dog! 🙂 ~ Global Jewelry

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