New York Goes to the Dogs With Spot, a 38-foot Statue of a Dalmatian

Angela Vuckovic
by Angela Vuckovic
Donald Lipski sculpted the imposing statue and, yes, that’s a real taxi that this gigantic pooch is balancing on its nose.

From stunning monuments and to temporary exhibitions in the city’s parks, The Big Apple has a lot to offer when it comes to public art. The latest addition to the town’s impressive collection of statues is Spot, a 38 foot tall statue of a Dalmatian, designed by Donald Lipski, an artist whose most recognizable pieces have been large-scale works for public spaces. While everybody would have been ecstatic with just the giant dog statue, the artist behind the design took things a step further and the end result is incredible. The enormous pooch is balancing a taxi cab on the tip of its nose, which is actually a real Prius donated by Toyota, and it only adds to the art installation’s majestic appearance. Although the car is not functional (its motor has been removed), when it rains, its windshield wipers will activate to the delight of onlookers.

There’s a new dog in town — and she’s a big girl. “Spot,” a 38-foot-tall Dalmatian statue balancing a cab on its nose, is under construction outside the new NYU Langone Kimmel Pavilion. She’ll soon greet patients of the new Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital. Link in bio to read more. (📷 : @rutlman)

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While there’s no doubt about Spot being a lovely, uplifting addition to New York’s line up of outdoor public art, it’s not its artistic value that’s the coolest thing about it. The Dalmatian sits right in front of the Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital at NYU Langone, which is to be opened this June. The pediatric care facility treats infants, children, and teenagers, and having a 38-foot dog balancing a yellow car on its nose is bound to coax a few smiles from the hospital’s visitors and patients. So, not only that tourists and locals alike will get to enjoy this remarkable piece of canine art, but children and parents visiting the medical institution will get a lighthearted welcome. You see? Spot is a good boy even when he’s not real.

Up close view of Spot by artist @donaldlipski now installed at the new pavilion on NYUs Langone Medical Campus in fabricated and installed the taxi cab balanced on the nose. @publicartservicesus life nyc @nyulangone

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If you’re visiting New York this summer, make sure to check out Spot in person: you’ll spot him (pun intended) at 34th Street and First Avenue.

What about dog-inspired art in your city? Share your favorite four-legged statues and monuments in the comment section!

Angela Vuckovic
Angela Vuckovic

A proud mama to seven dogs and ten cats, Angela spends her days writing for her fellow pet parents and pampering her furballs, all of whom are rescues. When she's not gushing over her adorable cats or playing with her dogs, she can be found curled up with a good fantasy book.

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