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    Newly Installed Rainbow Neon Dog is Getting Dedication at William S. Hart Park

    The City of West Hollywood is hosting a public art dedication event for the installation of the public artwork Rainbow Neon Dog on Friday, May 10, 2024, at 6:30 p.m. at William S. Hart Park, located at 8341 De Longpre Avenue.

    Rainbow Neon Dog is a recent addition to the City’s growing Urban Art Program and consists of a reconditioned, electrically rotating neon sign in the shape of a barking dog set atop a supporting pole that raises it above street level to be enjoyed by pedestrians and vehicles alike traveling along Sunset Boulevard in either direction. The sign measures 10-feet-high by 10-feet-wide by 3-feet-deep. It was designed in 1990 by Wilson Ong for the Collar & Leash pet store formerly located at 8555 Santa Monica Boulevard. In 2020, after the closure of the store, the owners gifted the sign to the City of West Hollywood for inclusion in the Urban Art Program collection. At its new location along the iconic Sunset Strip, the sign is guaranteed to become a novel cultural attraction and will serve as a wayfinding device for the entrance to Hart Park while continuing the City’s efforts to activate Sunset Boulevard with pedestrian-friendly experiences. 

    Rainbow Neon Dog – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

    The Urban Art Program provides a mechanism to integrate free and accessible art into the urban fabric of the City. In particular, the Urban Art Program is motivated by a desire to ameliorate some of the effects new development has on the community. New development often results in intensified use of land where larger structures seem imposing and inaccessible to the public. Urban art can help soften this effect and provide interaction and connection between the public and private domains.

    Rainbow Neon Dog – Photo by Paulo Murillo for WEHO TIMES

    The City of West Hollywood’s Arts Division delivers a broad array of arts programs including Art on the Outside (temporary public art), Arts Grants, City Poet Laureate, Drag Laureate, Free Theatre in the Parks, Human Rights Speaker Series, Library Exhibits, Summer Sounds + Winter Sounds, Urban Art (permanent public art), WeHo Pride Arts Festival, and WeHo Reads.

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    Rick
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    21 days ago

    Glad they got this up and running. It looks great!

    :dpb
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    24 days ago

    I just love this!

    Steve Martin
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    23 days ago

    It is great to see a familiar figure that used to grace Santa Monica Blvd. for years.

    Jerome Cleary
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    24 days ago

    interesting

    sam
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    24 days ago

    The rainbow neon dog stopped rotating about a week ago. I hope they can repair it before the dedication.

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