Art the Dalmation, William Joyce & Brandon Oldenburg, 2014
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Art the Dalmation is located at the Central ARTSTATION in Shreveport, LA. The sculpture is the brain child of the Academy Award Winning duo William Joyce and Brandon Oldenburg of Moonbot Studios, who presented the design as a “commemorative housewarming” gift to the Shreveport Regional Arts Council. The Dalmation was fabricated by John Grant along with JUNOWORKS, a custom metal fabrication studio in Denver, Colorado through a generous gift from the national foundation, Educational Foundation of America, who awarded a grant to the Shreveport Regional Arts Council for the design that transformed the Central Fire Station to the Central ARTSTATION. Art the Dalmation guards the renovated and repurposed fire station from his post on Crockett Street, outside of the Engine Room doors of Central ARTSTATION. Art the Dalmation stands 19.5’ tall and is designed as a tribute to the Dalmatian that has become iconic to Fire Fighters; With a nod to the performances that will emanate from the Engine Room in the Central ARTSTATION, Art the Dalmatian is solid white fiberglass and is covered in iconic “dots” that each light up when the “dot donor’s” name is selected from a key board. Art will have a programmable “light show” each evening. The lights and programming are provided by Electric Supply Company, CH Stout, and Wilhite Electric. “What a better way to celebrate SRAC’s new beginnings than with our new pal, Art the Dalmation. By day, you might think that Art is an albino Dalmatian; but, you’ll soon learn that at night he is a brilliantly dotted Dalmatian. Our hope is that everyone will enjoy the fantastic light show before and after events at the new Central ARTSTATION, “said Brandon Oldenburg and William Joyce. Images and text from Shreveport Regional Arts Council: shrevearts.org