All but three out of the 100 fibreglass dog sculptures planted around the greater Sydney region have been stolen in recent months, revealing that people will go to any length to secure themselves a quirky piece of contemporary art.
The sculptures were part of an unusual social experiment conducted by contemporary artists Gillie and Marc Schattner to determine who would steal public art.
“Marc and I are huge supporters of bringing art on the streets and making it really accessible,” Gillie said.
“Honest to god, we never expected the works to go that fast.”
The couple created over 100 sculptures in six months and then spent five days placing 100 of them, worth $500,000, around Sydney – in Cremorne, Mosman, the eastern suburbs and almost as far south as Mittagong. All except those in Mosman were stolen.