Artist and designer Dominic Wilcox has created the world’s first art exhibition for dogs in a gallery in South East London. The exhibition includes three interactive dog artworks and a collection of paintings, drawings and prints all aimed at dogs and their interests.
A giant 12 foot dog food bowl full of two thousand brown ball pit balls allowed the visiting dogs to jump in and out at their pleasure.
Another piece developed from the reason why dogs poke their head through moving car windows; to smell the hundreds of scents in the air. In the gallery dogs can sit with their head through the windows of a four metre long two dimensional car. A large fan is customised with internal shelving for meat, fish, an old sock and well worn shoe, that blew the scents across the windows. For added realism a hand powered mechanical landscape scrolls by to simulate movement.
In the corner of the gallery four dog drinking bowls sit on a patch of grass. The water leaps between the bowls while the dogs play amongst it all.
Dominic Wilcox also asked six artists to create wall based work that would be of interest to dogs. The artwork are in colours that dogs can see, yellow and blue and scented depending on the subject matter. They were then hung at dog eye level.
“We created the world’s first interactive art exhibition for dogs with lots of fun artworks and installations.
It was the perfect day out for owners and their best friends.”
“The exhibition formed part of our #PlayMore campaign to encourage dog and cat owners everywhere to spend more time playing with their pets.
Play helps to stimulate them physically and mentally and we believe happy pets are healthy pets. That’s why we’re donating £1 to the RSPCA for everyone who takes our #PlayMore Pledge
The art exhibition had four installations created by experiential artist Dominic Wilcox.
An avid dog lover himself, Dominic works between the worlds of art, design, craft and technology and the exhibits were based on activities that dogs love – from fetching tennis balls and splashing about in water, to sniffing the air as a gentle, scent-laden breeze wafts past.”