Berkeley Doggie Do: Is It Art?

ba-m_r_071_jpg_0499783118ba_berkeley_dog_sculptureThere’ll always be a Berkeley. Latest proof, according to the San Francisco Chronicle: “Decorative medallions depicting dogs sniffing, dumping, and humping each other have recently been added to the base of one of a pair of sculptures (left) commissioned by the city [of Berkeley] on either end of the pedestrian and bike bridge over Interstate 80. At first glance, one might think the scatological series of bronzes (right) – at the base of the west side sculpture celebrating the waterfront park – is a joke. It’s not. ‘I am showing dogs doing what dogs do at the dog park,’ said Scott Donahue, the Emeryville artist who was paid $196,000 from Berkeley’s public arts program to create the sculptures.” Thank God there was no federal money involved: that’s a situation Obama and Congress don’t need.

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