SPOT

Submitted by Public Art Services

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Client: NYU Langone

Location: New York, NY, United States

Completion date: 2018

Artwork budget: $500,000

Project Team

Artist

Donald Lipski

Industry Resource

John Grant

Public Art Services

Overview

SPOT is a 2 1/2 story tall Dalmatian balancing a real Prius taxi cab on it’s nose. The Prius, which Toyota gave Donald Lipski for the piece, has no engine, tranny, seats, etc. but the lights work and when it rains the wipers work as well. There is a galvanized and stainless steel frame inside the fiberglass dog body, as well as a stainless steel structure inside the Prius, various electrical and lighting equipment. Lipski developed this idea of a brave, young dog doing the impossible to inspire.

Goals

For NYU Langone's new Hassenfeld Children's Hospital in New York, Donald Lipski has designed a sculpture sure to capture the hearts and imaginations of the patients and families who enter this new state of the art facility. Lipski wanted to make something so astounding it would distract even those arriving for the most serious procedures, and so lovable that young patients coming back again and again with chronic conditions would see SPOT as an old friend. "I like to think that the parents, the doctors, the nurses, the staff and the neighbors, will all be smitten by this playful, heroic young dog doing the impossible. Art has actual healing power," says Lipski when describing the 2 1/2 story tall Dalmatian balancing a taxi cab on it's nose. The Hassenfeld family, which started the Hasbro toy company, were major donors for the newly constructed hospital which influenced Lipski's thinking, "I wanted it to be about toys and play in some way."

Process

Public Art Services was invited by artist Donald Lipski along with other creative professionals to work as a collaborative partner in the design, engineering, fabrication and installation oversight for this project. Collaborative partners include: Elmendorf/Geurts, Christopher Collins, and the FAST Corporation.