All About the DOG Sculpture Installation and Akane Takayama

Saturday, 7 August 2010

The last installation of 2010

So we are all ready to go and produce the final installation in Holland Park tomorrow.
This has been a long journey for the artist since she first began work with the idea in early 2007. The result of this work has planted the seedbed for her ideas on how to develop the installation. In 2011 she will be unveiling the next stages for DOG and producing some very stunning events in central London in association with major partners.

The story about the DOG sculpture and in particular the struggles the artist had to deliver this work will be the subject of a book soon to be published. We will be keeping everyone up to date on this work and provide details of the release.

Thursday, 5 August 2010

Akane Takayama's DOG Sculpture Installation


The DOGs are coming!

Photo by Kazusa Onoe

高山あかね アーティスト 彫刻家 在英 ロンドン 現代美術展覧会 DOG 2010

Next stop Holland Park, Kensington. Sunday August 8th 2010. Be there as it is the last DOG installation in this country this year.

Wednesday, 4 August 2010

Holland Park: The Final Installation of 2010

So, this coming Sunday we have the Holland Park Installation of DOG. This promises to be every bit as exciting and popular as the last three installations.

The installation will be slightly different this time as it is being situated in the promenade entrance to the park from Knightsbridge. This is a lovely avenue of mature trees set on a grass verge either side of the main pathway.

Akane Takayama will place the installation among the trees to create a sequence of tableaux framed by the mighty boughs of the plane trees. This is a very different presentation of the sculpture and demonstrates the versatility of the artist in her locations.

Holland Park, Kensington Entrance from 12.30hrs to 16.30hrs Sunday 8th August 2010.

Be Part of the Art

Monday, 2 August 2010

DOGS at Clissold Park by Kazusa Onoe

The Clissold Park, Hackney, London, installation of DOG on Saturday 31st July 2010 was very successful and very popular. the images on this page come from the Japanese blog contributor and photographer Kazusa Onoe. As one of the DOG Stewards at the installation she was able to observe the sculpture throughout the day. Her photographs provide an idea of the scale of this work and some of the forms the artist manages to create within the installation.

Almost everyone who attended spoke highly of the work and participated to the full. People spent a long time walking around the DOGs and reading the messages of hope for the future contributed to the installation by over 500 children in local primary schools.

An example of some of the hundreds of messages of hope from the children. There are more on this blog and in time all of the messages will be here on line.

Kazusa has captured here a wonderful image of the DOGs stretching off into the distance.

And as we look at this image we can see how the artist's placement, the inter-relation with landscape and the strong form of the sculptures all combine to produce combinations which
present different viewpoints.

Sunday, 1 August 2010

Clissold Park, now there are more DOGs out there!

The installation at Clissold Park was a great success. We have spent today tired and worn out after having completed delivery of the installation and a very long day.

Already the images are flowing in and we will be getting them up on line. The image above has come in from Oxford! So yesterday's DOGs have already started their individual journies!

We intend to publish all photographs of the DOGs but do not want to publish any images with children in for obvious reasons. Maybe a sign of a sad world but no need to take any chance
where their welfare is concerned.

Equally, with adults in images with DOG sculptures maybe it would be kind of you to state in a text or e-mail if you want us to post the image freely on the web.

The real beauty is that if you gather images of the DOGs within your own creative reference, then there are none of these more mundane problems. The image above is a good case in point, consider what this image conveys to you in terms of ideas.

Many thanks to all the people who came. You are now all in possession of a limited number of Takayama original sculptures which you can now use to create your own artist images. As a public art sculpture this artist conceived of the idea that she is working beyond the conformity of a gallery or installation but to see the process of 'public art' to move beyond public ownership and into public creativity.

Holland Park is the final physical installation, Sunday 8th August, and after that there are a finite number of DOG sculptures out in the world. Some may be discarded, some may be treasured, some may be forgotten but then what turns up from this art is, once Holland Park is complete, the creative input of you.

We can't wait to see what will happen.