Courtesy: Courtesy of the Regional Arts & Culture Council

Dog Bowl

Portland, Oregon

William Wegman (

North Park Blocks, NW Park Ave. and NW Everett St., Portland, Oregon, 97209
Administrator:  Regional Arts & Culture Council
Owner:  City of Portland
Date:  2002
Placement:  parks (recreation areas)
Collection:  Regional Arts & Culture Council
Artwork Type:  sculpture (visual work)
Material:  bronze (metal), granite (rock), abrasive
Description:  William Wegman's "Dog Bowl" was privately commissioned by the Pearl Arts Foundation in 2002. It is the doggy version of the "Benson Bubbler" fountains placed around town by philanthropist Simon Benson in 1912 to dissuade the Portland public from drinking beer. Wegman says he prefers not to think of the dog bowl as public art, stating at the unveiling, "I did this for dogs, not people." An avid dog lover, Wegman donated part of his artist fee to the Oregon Humane Society, Foster Pets and the Delta Society. Wegman is an internationally recognized artist known for his photographic and video collaborations with his dogs. His work has been shown in New York, Paris, London, Dusseldorf and on Sesame Street. He currently lives and works in New York.

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