Saturday, June 13, 2009

Skye Enchanted

Tom and I took in a nice summer evening yesterday with a stroll downtown a few blocks from where we live.

Every few years our local art museum sponsors an acrylic animal painting showcase. Anywhere from 30-45 sculptures are scattered across sidewalks and tucked into landscaping within city limits.

The sculptures draw visitors to our ever struggling downtown. On any given weekend you can see clusters of people, families, friends, walking around looking at them and some taking pictures of them, too. Adults love them almost as much as the kids do.

My first year here it was pigs. A couple of years ago it was frogs.

This year it is dogs.

One dog in particular howled blog post:

The placard reads:

There are always problems with vandalism. Some from the frog year disappeared. And a few dogs have already been taken despite being bolted into the concrete--- one of them from in front of a bank on a very busy street. Consequently most will be removed (except for those in the immediate downtown area) and put into the museum to prevent more thefts and vandalism.

In the fall, the sculptures will be auctioned.

We can't afford to be patrons of the arts at this point in our lives.

At least we will have these pictures, taken before the dogs get kenneled.


Anonymous,  June 13, 2009 at 8:43 PM  

That is too cool. People who deface things like this are among the lowest of the low.

Aliceson June 13, 2009 at 9:05 PM  

I love it! Our Arts center did something similar one year with giant painted chairs all over town.

We sent both of our girls to art preschool and enroll them in art summer camp when we have the money. Sadly, this summer we can't make it, but I hope to take the girls to the Arts Center to partake in some of the free events this summer. How fun for you two to enjoy the Arts right in your own hood!

Seeing Eye Chick June 13, 2009 at 9:10 PM  

I have also seen Buffalo, Horses, and cattle.

Grandpa Eddie June 13, 2009 at 10:05 PM  

That's really cool that they do that to help support the arts in your community.

It's sad that people have to ruin things by stealing and vandalizing.

Riot Kitty June 13, 2009 at 10:34 PM  

That is definitely blog worthy!

Sidhe June 15, 2009 at 10:18 AM  

I love these things! We had some cows in Racine, WI one year and this past weekend we traveled across the whole UP of MI...they have moose! My favorite is the Big Boy moose...

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