In the world where there are abundant pieces of abstract and contemporary artworks solely focusing on the design enthusiasts, there are few who relate to our canine friends.
In respect to the dearth of art inspiration and stimulation for our four-legged friends, British inventor Dominic Wilcox designed a contemporary art exhibition for dogs. The exhibition features a dog bowl shaped pool and an open car window simulator.
The play more exhibition, located on Tanner Street in south London incorporated all the elements and activities enjoyed by dogs. The exhibition includes three of Wilcox’s own installations and also painting and exhibits by five other British artists.
One of the installations by Wilcox named Cruising Canines is an open car window simulator where a big fan wings the favourite scents of dogs like raw meat and old shoes.
The second installation of the artist named Dinnertime Dreams is a dog-friendly ball pool. Wilcox designed the pool in the shape of the dog bowl and filled it with brown balls resembling dog biscuits. The third installation displays dog’s love for water by featuring a series of dancing water jets for dogs to chase and enjoy.
The aim of the exhibition, which was commissioned by More Than, is to encourage the dog owners to spend more time with their pets. Using contemporary art to stimulate the emotions in pets is first in its form says Wilcox.
Wilcox’s exhibition features a selection of original paintings and exhibits by artists Nick White, Clare Mallison, Joanne Hummel-Newell, Robert Nicol and Michelle Thompson. White’s multimedia installation shows a bouncing frisbee on the screen and Hummel-Newell exhibit shows the excitement of the dog when a post arrives. Mallison illustrates a woodland scene and Norfolk artist Nicol painted a park where chicken drumsticks appear as trees. Michelle Thompson reflected a visual representation of dog’s movement in the park.
All the artist who exhibited their work in the show worked alongside the veterinary experts to achieve the best enjoyable results for our canine visitors. Every artist altered the colours of their artworks because of the dog’s ability to see just grey, yellow and blue colours. In order to have the best view, all the artworks were displayed at the floor level against the gallery’s walls.
Wilcox believes that playfulness in design is important especially in the beginning as it helps to form the central element in any idea. Other creations of the surreal artist include a car made from stained glass and a series of absurd breakfast accessories to encourage children to eat in the mornings.
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