“Doggy Bags,”, the latest art installation on Broadway in the Garment District is up and is positively pooch-tastic. The works by New York-based artist Will Kurtz entitled “Doggy Bags” are all made of recycled materials. On display are multiple breeds including an English bulldog named Harriet, chihuahua called Harriet, a pug named Maisy, a bassett hound called Stanley, and a bull mastif known as Daphne. The works are part of a year-round program from the Garment District Alliance and this fall there is an additional impetus: to welcome New Yorkers back to Midtown Manhattan amidst the ongoing city reopening.
“Doggy Bags” is located on Broadway between 38th and 40th Street, a spot that has seen previous exhibitions like Candy Nation, interactive musical cylinders, an animal carnival, Seward Johnson’s Marilyn Monroe, and more. The Garment District Art on the Plazas installations are supported through Arterventions, a program within the New York City Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Art Program. According to the Garment District Alliance, “The Garment District Alliance and DOT work closely to coordinate and install exhibits and individual pieces, which enhance public plazas and make them even more welcoming to New Yorkers and visitors.”
“Doggy Bags” will be up through November 20th. Barbara A. Blair, president of the Garment District Alliance said at the opening, “As we welcome New Yorkers back to the neighborhood, we’re proud to showcase Will Kurtz’s colorful, unique dog sculptures through the Garment District Space for Public Art program. We know these beautiful sculptures – made with all recycled materials – will bring positivity, comfort and joy among visitors, and we encourage all to stop by and enjoy the exhibition this fall.”
This month, the Garment District Alliance is also hosting a neighborhood “bark run” on Broadway just north of the sculptures between 40th and 41st Street where you can bring your canine companions. On your visit to Midtown you can also join in on our Secrets of Grand Central Terminal tour which just relaunched!
Next, check out 10 other art installations you can discover in NYC this month and read our guide on what to see in the Garment District.