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June 25, 2007 — Louise has done it again! This is her latest Dane sculpture, Process of Elimination. It has not yet been cast in bronze, so what you are seeing is the finished clay sculpture prior to casting. You can see more views of this piece at Louise's website. Here's what she has to say about it:

Process of Elimination
Several years ago while I was taking a sculpture workshop, a fellow student, upon hearing that Great Danes were my subject matter of choice, commented that the best sculpture he'd ever seen of a dog was of one pooping. He didn't know the sculptor's name. Unfortunately I've never seen the piece, but the description intrigued me.

Rigel posingThen along came Rigel
None of my other Danes particularly inspired a "pooping sculpture" but that changed when we adopted Rigel from Rocky Mountain Great Dane Rescue. Rigel is an uncoordinated, goofy and absolutely lovable Great Dane, but as such he doesn't inspire the most elegant sculptures. However, the shape his body takes when he does his business was irresistible to me as the basis for a sculpture.

I took artistic license and exaggerated it to make it a stronger piece. I didn't know how people would react to this sculpture so I solicited opinions from other artists and friends in the business. Most dog (and especially Great Dane) lovers think it's hysterical, but a few people see it as distasteful and have suggested that I might be tarnishing my reputation with this sculpture. I really find this hard to understand. Maybe as dog owners we are desensitized to the "process", but I really don't see what is wrong with portraying the normal bodily function of a dog. (I'm not showing the poop!) I would actually love to sculpt a life-sized version and think it would be great for a dog park with a "poop happens, pick it up" sign (and a pooper scooper). It would be really sad if this was rejected by cities for fear of offending people.

I am considering elaborating on this sculpture and making a composition which includes the full line, Process of Elimination I and II with both dog and bitch versions of number one, since the shapes are totally different and interesting. My reasons for doing this is not to shock, but simply because I love the sculptural shapes of the acts and quite frankly, in clay they make me laugh.

Someone commented (sarcastically) that if I'm going to do a dog pooping, why wouldn't I do a dog licking itself? Well, guess what? That's been on my list for a while; I would make it a girl and call it "Because She Can". I really don't see what the big deal is; this is what dogs do, unashamedly and in front of whoever happens to be there. They don't know any different. We haven't been able to teach them that it's not polite.

Rigel in Dog DaysDog Days
The life size Dog Days (another of poor Rigel's sculptures) was removed from the City of Manitou Springs in Colorado. The sculpture was on loan for a year but some business owners complained that his privates were too large and they worried that it would affect tourism! After almost a year of hearings and struggles it was decided that Dog Days could not safely return. The whole affair gave me some great publicity but I found it disturbing. It's bad enough when some people object to nude human sculpture, but when it comes to a "nude" dog... well that's just plain sad.

This incident has just made me more determined to express myself as an artist and not to let the fear of controversy affect what I sculpt.

Louise Peterson   

I'm with Louise on this issue, plus I really like the lines of the "elimination" sculpture. What do you think?

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