Four monumental dog sculptures have appeared in Covent Garden this week, to mark the launch of the exclusive new balloon dog collection by internationally acclaimed artist Whatshisname.
Although Whatshisname has exhibited across the globe – in New York, Los Angeles, Miami, Hong Kong, Singapore and more – this installation will be the first of its scale in the UK. The balloon dogs, well known for their amusing poses, are inspired by the pop art movement, and became synonymous with Whatshisname when he first created his now widely celebrated ‘POPek’ series. What began as a Jeff Koons parody soon evolved into a collection that cleverly satirises the behaviours of real-life pets.
Ian Weatherby-Blythe, from Castle Fine Art, said “This brand-new Whatshisname collection is a must-see for all, and we couldn’t be happier to showcase the four brand-new sculptures in Covent Garden. These long-awaited artworks are playful and exciting – the perfect addition to the popular Covent Garden Piazza.
“We are also very pleased to announce that we’ve partnered with the Blue Cross for the duration of this project. Whatshisname, as a proud dog lover and owner, had an existing relationship with the wonderful team at the Blue Cross, and we were delighted to build upon it! We have pledged our support to the charity so that our balloon dogs can help the team to continue supporting sick, injured, abandoned and homeless pets across the UK.”
During the outdoor exhibition, visitors will be encouraged to share photos of the balloon dogs, in and around Covent Garden, on social media, using the hashtag #castle4bluecross and for every image posted, Castle Fine Art will donate £1 to Blue Cross.
Ryan Neile, head of animal behaviour at Blue Cross, said: “Every day, our animal behaviour team talks to people about understanding their pet’s behaviour and what they are trying to communicate. It’s vital to get to know signs that your dog is stressed or uncomfortable and equally, when they are happy. These delightful sculptures are great examples of the behaviours displayed when dogs are relaxed and want to interact with us or other dogs.
“We are so grateful for this support from Castle Fine Art. Every penny really does help us to help pets in need and we hope that visitors to Covent Garden will enjoy the playful balloon dog sculptures.”
To view and purchase the new collection of table-top versions of the dogs, visit www.castlefineart.com and to find out more about the Covent Garden exhibition, visit https://www.castlefineart.com/blog/whatshisname-x-castle-fine-art-coming-soon
For more information about dog behaviour, visit www.bluecross.org.uk/petadvice