Giant Dog and Taxi Cab.

Giant Dog and Taxi Cab

Field review by the editors.

New York, New York

Unveiled in July 2018, Spot the Dog is a 38-foot-tall statue of a Dalmatian puppy balancing a real New York City yellow cab precariously on its nose. The dog has a playful grin and golden toenails (Spot is a she). The taxi cab is wired so that its headlights illuminate Spot when it gets dark. When it rains, the cab's wipers turn on.

Spot's artist, Donald Lipski, wanted to create a playful sculpture because it stands at the entrance to a children's hospital, and the hospital's principal donors are the Hassenfeld family, who founded the Hasbro toy company. Also, Lipski lives in the neighborhood, so he wanted to make an artwork that he'd be happy to see every day.

Giant Dog and Taxi Cab.

Lipski has assured everyone that despite appearances, the front license plate of the taxi is securely attached to Spot's nose.

Giant Dog and Taxi Cab

NYU Langone Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion

Address:
432 E. 34th St., New York, NY
Directions:
Outside the entrance to the NYU Langone Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion. On the south side of E. 34th St., just east of its intersection with 1st Ave.
Hours:
Lit at night. Local health policies may affect hours and access.
RA Rates:
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