Midtown East will soon be going to the dogs—specifically a 38-foot-tall Dalmatian outside a new addition to the NYU Langone hospital complex at 34th Street and First Avenue. It's also balancing a yellow cab on its nose.
The canine in question is actually a giant sculpture by artist Donald Lipski, the latest addition to New York's considerable line-up of outdoor art projects and civic monuments. Constructed out of fiberglass and steel, Spot, as it's called, is meant to offer a lighthearted welcome to patients and their parents entering the new Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, which is opening in June.
Lipski is know for installations and public artworks that mess with our expectations of scale. For instance, he's behind the sculptures of musical instruments and ballet costumes hanging over La Guardia High School's front door. Here, he pulls off a sort of double stupid pet trick: The cab is actually a real Toyota Prius. Spot will sit at it's current, uh, spot for the foreseeable future. Who's a gooood boy?