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Feather River Dog Park (Barkleyville Dog Park)

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This sculpture consists of an aesthetic arrangement of four large dog collars with tags. The collars represent the freedom dogs will enjoy at this off leash dog park, a rare treat for our urban companions. The casual grouping of the collars alludes to friendship and interaction among the dogs visiting the park. The scale of the sculpture is playful and lends presence but it also gives humans a view more from a dog’s perspective.

The will be inscribed with quotes about dogs:

The average dog is a nicer person than the average person.
- Andy Rooney

The greatest pleasure of a dog is that you may make a fool of yourself with him, and not only will he not scold you, but he will make a fool of himself too.
- Samuel Butler

If there are no dogs in Heaven, then when I die I want to go where they went.
-Will Rogers

There is no psychiatrist in the world like a puppy licking your face.
-Ben Williams

Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.
-Roger Caras

My goal in life is to be as good of a person as my dog already thinks I am.
-Author Unknown

Properly trained, a man can be a dog's best friend.
-Corey Ford

The dog was created specially for children. He is a god of frolic.
- Henry Ward Beecher

The more I see of men, the more I admire dogs.
- Jeanne-Marie Roland

Getting the collar blanks to my shop.

2/12/08

Starting layout for assembly.

2/12/08

The last pieces delivered. Assembly begun.

2/15/08

The weather was less than cooperative today. Still, I got the third collar installed and the last one sized.

2/19/08

The weather continues to be hit and miss but I have the fourth collar up and most of the bracing finished. I still need to finish the buckles and loops and clean it up before paint.

2/22/08

Good weather is back. All the braces, supports, buckles and loops finished. It's cleaned and ready for paint.

2/27/08

One of the dog tags.

2/27/08

Primed and ready for paint.

2/28/08

Wind was a little rough this weekend, but painting is progressing.

3-3-08

Last of the base colors on.

3-4-08

Beginning the texture.

3-4-08

Texture coats finished.

3-5-08

Main painting done. Two coats of primer, three coats base color and five to six coats for the texture. Next up shining up the buckles and loops then a few layers of clearcoat.

3-5-08

Buckles and loops finished. All that is left to do is apply protective clearcoat and put the dog tags on.

3-7-08

Finished!

(now I just need to figure out how to move it)

3-11-08

Mobilized!

3-12-08

On the move.

3/24/08

I cut it a little close this time, but squeaked by.

3/24/08

Ready to lift tomorrow. Keep your fingers crossed.

3/24/08

Moving day.

3/25/08

Loading the trailer.

3/25/08

Ready to go.

3/25/08

Arriving on site.

3/25/08

Oops! (even the photo went wrong!)

3/25/08

Repaired and back on track.

3/25/08

Almost there...

3/25/08

Finally in place!

3/25/08

I still have to put in a few bolts and touch-up the paint a bit, but it is just about finished!

3/25/08

Finished!

3-27-08