SPOT!, Donald Lipski, 2018
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For NYU Langone's new Hassenfeld Children's Hospital in New York, Donald Lipski has designed a sculpture sure to capture the hearts and imaginations of the patients and families who enter this new state of the art facility. Lipski wanted to make something so astounding it would distract even those arriving for the most serious procedures, and so lovable that young patients coming back again and again with chronic conditions would see SPOT! as an old friend. "I like to think that the parents, the doctors, the nurses, the staff and the neighbors, will all be smitten by this playful, heroic young dog doing the impossible. Art has actual healing power," says Lipski when describing the 2 1/2 story tall Dalmatian balancing a taxi cab on it's nose. The Hassenfeld family, which started the Hasbro toy company, were major donors for the newly constructed hospital which influenced Lipski's thinking, "I wanted it to be about toys and play in some way."
The taxi is a Prius, which Toyota gave Lipski for the piece. The car has no engine, tranny, seats, etc., but the lights work, and when it rains the wipers work as well. The massive Dalmatian is made of fiberglass by FAST Corp. in Sparta, WI, who have made sculptures for Lipski in the past. Working from Lipski's sketches, Christopher Collins, a wonderful realist sculptor based in Philadelphia, made a beautifully detailed model of the dog as reference for FAST Corp. Yetiweurks Art + Engineering made sure the sculpture could withstand the forces of nature and built out the taxi.