Posted on February 16, 2009 by dogbarkpark
Except for those who have visited Dog Bark Park, few know that an oversized red fire hydrant stands near the World’s Biggest Beagle. Of course a giant dog needs a giant fire hydrant! At 11 feet tall & painted fire engine red, the hydrant is hard to miss. It is as popular a backdrop for photographs as the big beagle. Not to be solely ornamental in purpose, during the summer months many are relieved to discover the hydrant is a comfort station serving human roadside travelers with an enclosed restroom inside its walls. Like the big beagle, we designed & built the hydrant ourselves. During research about hydrant designs we came across a fascinating book that pays tribute to the variety of sizes, shapes & colors of America’s fire hydrants. With artistic photography & concise prose, the book, American Hydrant by Sean Crane, 2004, elevates the lowly fire hydrant from basic necessity to an object that interestingly melds form & function.
Rather than being an exact replica of a particular design, the Dog Bark Park fire hydrant is a composite of several well-recognized hydrant shapes. It is constructed of steel reinforced concrete stucco & painted the customary fire engine red color. During winter, the hydrant is used for lawn/garden equipment storage. In December, an 8-foot tall Santa stands in the doorway waving holiday greetings to all.
Already circulating in our minds is the creation of a concrete version of the fireman’s dog, a Dalmatian, to be permanently on display near the fire hydrant. Seems fitting doesn’t it?
Santa waving from hydrant
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Posted on February 4, 2009 by dogbarkpark
Winter Notes & Idaho hosts Special Olympics Winter Games
Winter has been gentle at Dog Bark Park recently. Snowdrifts have receded to a thin frosty blanket. Abundantly sunny days draw us to the south side of our studio where we point our faces to the sun, absorbing its warming dose of Vitamin D. Gatherings of starlings punctuated with a few brave robins have scratched & fed under a sprawling wild rose bush nearby.
All our holiday orders were carved and mailed in time for wooden puppies to be under Christmas trees from Maine to Montana, Florida to California & overseas as well. We do appreciate the opportunity to have been a part in making memorable holiday gift-giving moments. Our workshop studio feels a bit like we imagine Santa’s workshop to be. Certainly Dennis, like Santa, has a head of white hair!
We welcome the relaxed pace in the studio following our busy season that runs April to December. We’re working on various orders for our retail & wholesale customers as well as beginning to carve up a good inventory of dogs for summer business. We’ve just sent an order of dogs to a shop in Sun Valley, Idaho in time for the influx of Special Olympics Winter Games athletes, coaches, & families that will be arriving for the games to be held there, & in other Idaho locations, in early February. Idaho is proud to be hosting this international event that will bring several thousand competitors from all over the world. When you see photos of the 2009 Winter Games you will be seeing Idaho!
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