Location: New Orleans
From the beginning there was a real challenge in creating the dog as a sculpture, because for Rodrigue the Blue Dog only existed in two dimensions. It’s not like a dog at all; it doesn’t run, or bark and certainly doesn’t have a backside. It only exists in a specific pose and on a flat plain within a Rodrigue painting.
For years, Rodrigue was in search of a design for a sculpture that would stand on its own while retaining the strong, well-defined Blue Dog shape. By the late 1990s, the idea of a Blue Dog sculpture because almost a daily part of Rodrigue’s creative process. He toyed with multiple ideas, until, one evening while absentmindedly folding cocktail napkins in a restaurant, it came to him. Pinching together three napkins with his fingers, he balanced them on one edge, holding the concave arches between his fingers. He realized each side would be dog-front (and no backside), and the feet would match up at the bottom. He created these three-sided sculptures in aluminum, painted them with acrylic paint along with automotive paint and sealer. Over the years, he produced this sculpture in three-foot, six-foot, and eight-foot heights, as well as one which stands twenty-eight feet overlooking Veterans Memorial Boulevard in New Orleans.
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