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2 X Life Size Edition of 12, 34”H x 45”L x 24”W


“Tag”, named after his giant doggy tag inscribed “Precious”, is part of a three-piece commissioned sculpture installed along the Parade Route in Woodinville, Washington, 13804 NE 175th. Each year, the residents of Woodinville celebrate their favorite mascot, the floppy eared basset hound, with a public parade in August of bassets from all over the Pacific Northwest. They also host a Basset Bash, Basset Hook Ups, Basset Rescue, and Basset Boutiques.

“Tag” was modeled after a basset named Bubba, owned by Ben and Vickee Gockley, who live in my hometown Joseph, Oregon. Bubba was a puppy when I first met him. And he grew up during the course of my project! He is covered in loose rolls of hide and is a constant source of hilarity for his owners. He remains “Precious” to this day and lives with his partner Sara Sue with the Gockleys.

This wonderful project kept me entertained out in my studio for nearly a year and I am very proud to have been part of it. I have included a few photos of the pre-cast clays for clarity of details.