The Art Exhibition for Dogs
Sadly we are bringing you news of an exciting new concept just a little too late for you to see it for yourself. But good ideas usually inspire others and so hopefully the world’s first contemporary art exhibition for dogs will not prove to be the last.
As part of its #PlayMore campaign, MORE TH>N commissioned British inventor Dominic Wilcox to create an art exhibition for dogs. The campaign’s aim is to inspire owners to play more with their pooches and the exhibition was created to explore new ways of stimulating dogs.
Wilcox has always believed that playful design can truly inspire. His work has included absurd looking breakfast accessories which engage young children and encourage them to eat in the mornings. Now he has turned his talents to creating art installations that appeal to dogs.
The exhibition, which took place in London, featured works by Wilcox together with pieces created by other British contemporary artists. One of Wilcox’s creations was an installation entitled Cruising Canines and was an open car window which dogs could sit next to and enjoy their favourite scents being wafted at them by a large fan. In case you were wondering, the scents included raw meat and old shoes! Great for dogs, no so good for people!
A Load of Balls
His second piece, Dinnertime Dreams, was a ball pool in the shape of a dog bowl which was filled with balls coloured to look like dog biscuits. His third installation utilised dogs’ love for water, and featured a series of dancing water jets for them chase about in.
“Contemporary art has long been an important source of inspiration and fascination for humans, but never before has it been created with a view to drawing the same kind of emotions out of animals instead,” said Wilcox.
The innovative exhibition also included works by artists Nick White, Clare Mallison, Joanne Hummel-Newell, Robert Nicol and Michelle Thompson. Dogs were able to enjoy Nick White’s Catch which simulated a Frisbee bouncing around a screen and Robert Nicol’s painted landscape with chicken drumstick trees. Paintings were tailored to suit a dog’s ability to only see grey, yellow and blue colours and all of the pieces were displayed at the base of the gallery’s walls so that visiting canines could experience them fully.
The artists received advice from veterinary experts on the most appropriate stimuli for dogs before creating their pieces. Their ideas proved to be a big hit with the canine visitors who were given one hour to experience all of the works on display.
An art exhibition for dogs might seem like a bizarre idea but it was one which really worked. Let’s hope that there are more exhibitions for dogs in the future. We can see the day when a wing of Tate Modern is devoted to doggy art!