Will Kurtz brings New Art Installation, ‘Doggy Bags’ to the Garment District




Gomer, Bull Mastiff by Will Kurtz

New Yorkers love their canine companions, so this one’s for your four-legged friend ~ Doggy Bags is a series of seven oversized sculptures created by the New York-artist, Will Kurtz, depicting unique characteristics and personalities of different breeds.

Harriet, English Bulldog by Will Kurtz at 40th Street/Broadway ~ notice the visiting dog in the back.

This new installation was commissioned by The Garment District Alliance and is located on the Broadway Mall between 38th and 40th Streets.

Closeup of Harriet, the English Bulldog

Each incredibly detailed sculpture is constructed with a steel armature, recycled single use plastic bags, and duct tape. They reflect the mood and humor of each dog, while the choice of materials provides commentary about the absurdity of waste and the need to recycle.

Spicy, Chihuahua by Will Kurtz

The installation is part of Garment District Alliance, Art on the Plazas, a year-round public art program made possible through Arterventions, a subpart of the New York City of Transportation’s (DOT) Art Program.

Daphne, Vizsla by Will Kurtz

“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,” said Barbara A. Blair, president of the Garment District Alliance.

Bringing up the rear, Stanley, Bassett Hound at 38th Street

“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.”

Maisy, Pug by Will Kurtz

Will Kurtz is a New York artist who practiced landscape architecture for 25 years before fully committing to his passion for sculpture. He has taught at a number of schools and has showcased his work in solo and group exhibitions in venues across the world, including New York City, Switzerland, Thailand, and more. Kurtz received his MFA from the New York Academy of Art and his BLA from Michigan State University.

In addition to the sculptures, the installation also includes a large pet play area, enclosed by white picket fence, and open to all dogs from 8am to 7pm daily.

Doggy Bags by Will Kurtz will be on view through November 20, 2020 on the Broadway Mall between 38th and 40th Streets.

Taking a look at past installations on the Broadway Mall by The Garment District Alliance.

Did you know that NYC is home to The Museum of the Dog?