UW News

February 14, 2002

Making dogs

Artist Gary Smoot has a thing for wiener dogs — the kind made out of balloons (note the drawing on his shirt). And he’s bringing his latest piece, “Wiener III,” to the UW to be exhibited in the Ceramics & Metal Arts Building on Mary Gates Memorial Drive. Smoot created more than 200 wiener dogs out of balloons and filled them with water, then froze them. His installation piece consists of the now-melting dogs. “Wiener I,” by the way, consisted of air-filled wiener dogs that were allowed to deflate and “Wiener II” was photographs of the deflating dogs (seen in the background of the photo above). The exhibit will remain in the CMA Building until Feb. 24, meaning Smoot — a UW graduate — has to come by periodically to take care of the puddles.