Dog Bowl

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Dog Bowl
Dog Bowl sculpture, Portland, Oregon, 2015.jpg
The sculpture in 2015
ArtistWilliam Wegman
Year2002 (2002)
MediumBronze, granite, artificial turf
Dimensions2.4 m × 3.0 m (8 ft × 10 ft)
LocationPortland, Oregon, United States
Coordinates45°31′29″N 122°40′44″W / 45.52469°N 122.67897°W / 45.52469; -122.67897Coordinates: 45°31′29″N 122°40′44″W / 45.52469°N 122.67897°W / 45.52469; -122.67897

Dog Bowl is an outdoor 2002 sculpture by dog photographer William Wegman, located in the North Park Blocks in Portland, Oregon, United States.

Description and history[edit]

Dog Bowl was designed by dog photographer William Wegman in 2001 and installed in the North Park Blocks between Davis and Everett streets in 2002.[1][2][3][4] Wegman had been "cultivated" and privately funded by the Pearl Arts Foundation to create a work for Portland.[3][5] The installation features a cast-bronze dog bowl set on an 8-foot (2.4 m) x 10-foot (3.0 m) checkerboard that is reminiscent of a linoleum kitchen floor. Most of the squares are black and white granite tiles, but four are artificial turf. The bowl was designed to be reminiscent of the Benson Bubbler drinking fountains installed throughout the city and is supplied by an underground water source.[1] According to the Regional Arts & Culture Council, which administers the sculpture, Wegman said he created the sculpture "for dogs, not people", and prefers not to think of the bowl as public art. Wegman donated some of his earnings from the installation to the Oregon Humane Society, Foster Pets and the Delta Society.[3]


In 2012, the sculpture was included as a stop on Walktober's Weird Art Walk, a "tour of weird art" led by Carye Bye, a local artist.[6]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b "North Park Blocks". Portland Parks & Recreation. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  2. ^ "A Guide to Portland Public Art" (PDF). Regional Arts & Culture Council. Archived from the original (PDF) on August 29, 2014. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  3. ^ a b c "Public Art Search: Dog Bowl". Regional Arts & Culture Council. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  4. ^ "Dog Bowl, (sculpture)". Smithsonian Institution. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  5. ^ Dana, Gail (July 10, 2003). "A Paige in History". Portland Tribune. Pamplin Media Group. OCLC 46708462. Retrieved May 31, 2015.
  6. ^ Koffman, Rebecca (October 16, 2012). "Walktober's Weird Art walk finds plenty to see in Northwest Portland". The Oregonian. Retrieved May 31, 2015.

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