If you follow me on Instagram, you might have seen me freaking out and taking pictures of all the dog statues in Chicago last week. It was my fifth time to Chicago, and apart from being excited to see the city again, I couldn't wait to see the 100+ German Shepherd statues. However, right before we left for the trip, I read that the statues were only there until Labour Day weekend - so you can imagine my delight when I started to see them! I'm not sure why they were still on display, but I'm definitely not complaining.
The statues are part of a public art initiative called K-9s for Cops. Once they are done being displayed, they will be auctioned off. The statues are being backed by the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation, and the goal is to pay tribute to the canine unit, honour fallen Chicago police officers, help out the families of officers who have been wounded or killed in the line of duty, and to raise money for the PAWS Chicago's spay and neuter program. How amazing! Seventy percent of the proceeds will go to the Chicago Police Memorial Foundation and 30 percent to PAWS Chicago.
I love that Chicago has come together for such an amazing cause. The statues were so beautifully painted, and all done by local artists (three of which are Chicago police officers!) It was so fun trying to spot them all. Check out some of them below:
This isn't the first time Chicago has done something like this. In 2014, Chicago had the "Horses of Honor" art installation, which featured painted horse statues (very similar to these dogs). Each horse was named after a fallen Chicago Police Department officer. The art installation managed to raise $480,000. Hopefully K-9 for Cops is just as successful!
Has your city ever done anything like this? Let me know in the comments section.