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OC Art Museum Gets Visit from ‘Bad Dog’

Giant sculpture outside the Orange County Museum of Art is hard to miss.

“Bad Dog” by artist Richard Jackson at the Orange County Museum of Art was attracting lots of attention Saturday as area residents and passers-by stopped for a peek and photos.

After all, how often do you see a 28-foot-tall puppy peeing on the side of a building?

JustUs February 18, 2013 at 04:59 AM
I wonder what the amount of the government grant was to make that "sculpture" possible? I wonder if the sculptor was a democrat or a respublican? I suspect he is an Obama supporter. Just a hunch. Disgusting. Museum of Art??? heh. More like "Museum of Barbarians" No wonder the rest of the world laughs at us.
JustUs February 18, 2013 at 06:20 AM
Some of you folks may laugh at this. I have a good sense of humor. I can turn tragedy into comedy given enough pain. But what you see here at the OC Museum of Art is not funny in the least. It only depicts the continued decline of a society. Savagery at it's best. You see, art is the soul of any civilization. You reap what you sow. Do you think you would see such debauchery in Florence Italy or St. Petersburg Russia? Those people are much too civilized for that. If you laugh at the dog you see in that photograph - the joke is on you, my friends. Your nation is dying.
JustUs February 18, 2013 at 06:47 AM
Look at those people take pictures of it as if they were taking a photo of the Mona Lisa. heh. God almighty. What a zoo we live in! And I'm not talking about the place where the monkeys and the lizards live. I am referring to the human zoo, where civilization sometimes exudes deference to the zoo of beasts. heh. It almost embarrasses me.
CDC February 18, 2013 at 06:29 PM
"Museum of Barbarians" A little angry aren't we? Don't they have a field trip art day at the sanatorium where you are locked up? FYI -This guy's art sells for a lot of MONEY. He does not NEED any public funded grants! Look it up before posting crazy ideologic rants. ""Bad Dog" is getting nothing but positive comments from onlookers, said museum spokeswoman Kirsten Schmidt. She said the museum has also received several emails about the giant pooch." http://www.ocregister.com/news/dog-496103-museum-art.html
JustUs February 18, 2013 at 06:40 PM
Angry about this? Yes, in a sense I am. I see the country that I defended with my life being slowly destroyed socially, economically, spirtually and morally from within. As I said, art is the soul of any civilization. Promoting and applauding a sculpture of a dog peeing on a wall is about as barbaric as it gets. We call ourselves an 'advanced people'. hah. We are a bunch of people with nothing but gas stations and banks on our street corners while clerics diddle our little children and people fawn over 28 foot high iron sculptures of dogs peeing on walls. hah. It's no wonder the whole world laughs at us. The only reason they show quasi-respect for us is because we possess 8,000 nuclear warheads. Without those, we'd have no respect at all. If you can't see that there's nothing I can do to help you. The home team has lost it's way friend. And unless the people wake up and stop rooting for the home team we have no chance at all.
Johnny Utah February 18, 2013 at 07:46 PM
They keep reminding us to spay and neuter pets, why does this sculpture of the dog have balls?
JustUs February 18, 2013 at 08:18 PM
Johnny, funny. Thanks for the laugh. You're a good man. I think the County charges $125 a year in license fees for an unneutered dog. How many people with unneutered dogs in the County actually license them??? heh. I bet I could count them on both hands. heh. This only means that they must charge everyone who pays their pet license fees a higher amount to compensate for those who don't. So the honest ones get screwed again, my friend. So is life in America. Look what happened to former LAPD Officer Dorner if you disbelieve me. heh. But showing an unneutered 28 high iron dog sculpture peeing on a County wall is about as disgusting as it gets. And look at all the lemmings take photos of it!!! heh. God almighty. What has this culture (if you call it that) come to??? Maybe it's time to drop back 10 and punt. Maybe it's time to Go Galt!! heh. :^)
Smokey Bear February 18, 2013 at 11:42 PM
You know JustUs, you do have a point about the decline of western civilization & it makes me angry also when I hear people using incorrect grammar, & just a serious lack of manners & empathy. That upsets me more than the giant dog, although I get just as upset when I see real dogs going all over the place & not on leashes. The statue is a statement & I think we both nailed the real meaning of what this is supposed to represent. People interpret art & music differently, its a fun conversation piece, that will hopefully be moving along soon.... Also, hey, it may turn some new people on to art. Art is not bad, however it can be controversial& being an American we can always voice our opinions!
JustUs February 19, 2013 at 12:01 AM
"The statue is a statement & I think we both nailed the real meaning of what this is supposed to represent." Thank you, dear, for your honest opinion. A 28 foot iron dog peeing on a County wall really has no place in the world of art. Sorry. Unless one happens to live in a barn in the Ozarks. Then it might be appropriate. But to spend money on such debauchery is something that I would expect of savages in the jungle. And that is not to demean savages. I think many savages exhibit more civilized behavior than many in our modern society. The American indian was one of the most peaceful and loving humans on mother earth until he was wiped out. The native American culture was a sight of beauty to behold - as nothing was wasted and love of family was of the highest order. We have really not evolved. We have devolved since that point. Oh, some would argue with me. But history and the modern massacres of fellow humans would substantiate my case. But applauding a 28 foot high iron dog peeing on a County wall is proof of our devolution - not evolution. And any sensible, reasonable and rational humanoid should agree. I wonder if people walk underneath the dog and photograph his package too? No doubt they do. God help America.
Kelly Sawyer "Animal Defender" February 19, 2013 at 01:30 AM
Well seeing as Newport Beach City Council is usually abusing them in shelters or selling baby federal torture from midwest puppy mills telling the community they are champions, this is a leg up....LOL.....UNFORTUNATELY, 16 MILLION DOLLAR DOG PARKS AND GIANT DOGS OF SIMPLE AMUSEMENT STILL CAN NOT HIDE THE FACT THERE ARE FIVE MEMBERS OF COUNCIL ARE ABUSING AND TORTURING PETS-- Victimizing Constituents-- Ignored Traumatized Crying Children Of Dead Animals And Then Of Course.... Killing MAN'S BEST FRIEND IN VIOLATION OF FEDERAL LAW OF UNITED SATES OF AMERICA IN MIDWEST PUPPY MILLS WHERE THEY DON'T THINK THE COMMUNITY WILL SEE.............. PAYING FOR BREEDERS TO TORTURE TO DEATH THE MOTHERS OF RUSSO'S PETS IN THE CITY---With Highest Reserves In History------God HELP the children and animals in this city......Council abuses any and every being that can not speak for themselves and are selling the children human contagious mill disease that can kill them at fashion island ...and they don't care cuz THEY WANT YOUR MONEY AND THEY'LL DO WHAT IT TAKES TO GET IT------FACT http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Mm7s1NqAR6c
Norma Winton February 19, 2013 at 05:16 PM
It is true that art is a reflection of the culture of a people. This statue reflects our decline of dignity, beauty and higher values. I am saddened to watch this decline manefest itself in so many areas of our culture. MyThoughts
Gabrielle Block February 19, 2013 at 06:53 PM
In Brussels, Belgium, there is a small statue of a naked little boy above the pool of a fountain. The little boy statue is peeing into the fountain. That is, water of the fountain is coming out of the little boy statue's penis in the manner that urine would be coming out of the penis of a boy who was peeing, and going into the fountain's pool. The statue is 400 years old, and is a famous and beloved landmark of Brussels. (It's called Manneken Pis - look it up!) So to put this all into perspective, you certainly have the right to dislike a giant statue of a dog with its leg raised. But to claim that this represents the decline of Western civilization is just ridiculous.
JustUs February 19, 2013 at 07:20 PM
"In Brussels, Belgium, there is a small statue of a naked little boy above the pool of a fountain." What an absurd comparison. That little mythical inncoent cherub boy is represented throughout Europe museums. I know. I have been to them. There is an entire mythological story behind that little cherub boy. Comparing him to a 28 foot high iron statue of a dog peeing on a wall is really laughable AND SO AMERICAN!!! hah. It almost embarrasses me to share a nation with people who make such comparisons. hah. "But to claim that this represents the decline of Western civilization is just ridiculous." Not Western civilization. Only American civilization. The people of Europe and other advanced and sophisticated nations ridicule such debauchery represented as art. And I resent such debauchery since it reflects upon me, as an American. We live in a virtual sess pool compared to the REAL art and culture available to the human eye in Europe. But go salute the flag and salivate over our 8000 nuclear warheads. That's the only reason we have any respect throughout the globe. Otherwise we are the laughing stock. Truth.
OC Mom February 19, 2013 at 07:33 PM
My family visited this "museum" about 2 years ago when it had a free admission day. We were so glad that we hadn't actually wasted money on admission. The museum is a "joke". I know that art is subjective, and I am a fan of the arts, but this place is ridiculous. BTW, my family regularly attends the Pageant of the Masters and enjoys the Sawdust Festival and other displays of art. This museum showcases strictly modern and avante garde art. There was a video featuring a woman's nude torso painted in body paint, a gold revolver next to a stuffed Leopard and other types of performance of statement art. Most of it could have been compiled by my children. I agree with JustUs that this is the type of museum that must be heavily funded by the Government. I think the money would be better used to teach traditonal art such as drawing, painting, sculpture and Art History in our Public Schools.
OC Mom February 19, 2013 at 07:41 PM
JustUS, This is the artist's first piece in a series. The next will depict the dog deficating on the museum lawn. It will be a great photo op soon to snap those iron nuggets on the lawn. The third installment will be a large iron pooperscooper with a giant hand operating it. The NEA or some other government agency can continue to fund this "art" while the joke is on the hardworking taxpayer.
JustUs February 19, 2013 at 07:50 PM
OC Mom, I don't want to give the OC Art Museum any ideas but maybe a dog mounting a cat would sell. They say 'Art reflects life' but in this instance I just think 'Art reflects the OC Art Museum' and those who run it. What a weird culture we live in. "Weird" is not even the proper word. The hippies of the '60's were weird (but still a culture). This is just plain old 'debauchery' from my viewpoint.
Smokey Bear February 19, 2013 at 08:08 PM
Yeah, I just saw this up close & didnt realize how vulgar this really is. I invite everyone in joining me, I just emailed a complaint about it being so vulgar to Info@ocma.net. I didnt realize it is going to be there until May 5th, also worried about painting next to the beach, it squirts toxic paint. Lets all complain & make them put it inside at least!
Norma Winton February 19, 2013 at 08:37 PM
Considering the type of "art" that's displayed in the building, maybe the dog's actions are appropriate after all! Just another way to look at it.
Bill February 20, 2013 at 03:16 AM
I think the dog going #2 would be equally appropriate and make a clearer statement about the museum.
Ted H February 20, 2013 at 07:38 PM
With so many real problems in the world expressing "moral indignation" over this is completely insipid.....
Larry Luntsford March 08, 2013 at 02:06 PM
Wow. Given the negative comments on this site, it's easy to understand why Orange County is known primarily as the home of angry old white people!
OC Mom March 08, 2013 at 05:09 PM
@ Larry, I think you're confusinig Orange County as a whole with Laguna Woods. I think there are a whole range of races who are upset at wasteful government spending and museum displays that are in poor taste. The fact that you think only older white folks would be offended by this speaks volumes. Conservatives and Christians come in every color.
fact checker March 08, 2013 at 05:14 PM
Are you saying that all Christians are conservative and share your aesthetics? Perhaps in your circle but that sort of makes Larry's point. There is more diversity in Laguna Woods than, say, south county by the way.
Oliver Arguello July 01, 2013 at 04:36 PM
@JustUs Your points are rather absurd. You are comparing apples to Oranges. You take this rather eccentric piece( the whoile museum is odd) and compare it to fine art in Europe..... Thats an unfair comparison. If you are going to do that, then take the finer Museums and art pieces in America AND THEN compare them accordingly. Your insights have a rather weak and unthoughful arrogance to them ( and bitterness). You make it seem like Erupose doesnt have any terrible art peices or ridiculous art galleries/museums. As for the other complainers. relax. Its clearly meant to be humorous..... Either humorous or enraging... I laughed, most people here got upset. I guess the artist got you ;)

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