Normally people take pictures of their dogs, not the other way around! But, two of the world famous ‘Paparazzi Dog’ statues by Australia-based sculptors Gillie and Marc have staked out their spot in front of the La Jolla Gallery at 1274 Prospect St.
Weighing in at about 500 pounds each, and valued at $40,000 each, the bronze statues depict paparazzi “photographers” with their cameras ready, but atop their human bodies are the heads of Weimaraner dogs. Traveling versions used as public art have earned international attention during their visits to Melbourne’s Federation Square and New York City’s DUMBO area (Down Under the Manhattan Bridge Overpass). Now, the two originals are part of the permanent landscape of La Jolla.
Gallery owner Elisabeth King said the Australian artists contacted her to possibly show at the off-the-wall contemporary gallery, and offered small-scale and miniature versions of their large-scale works, which will arrive at the gallery shortly. Serendipitously, King said she was looking for sculptures to front the space, and commissioned the sculptors to make two just for La Jolla.
“Gillie and Marc are such a force around the world, the fact that our little gallery gets to have two of their famous sculptures is amazing,” King said. “It’s insane how many people have stopped by to take pictures since they went up.”
Although other versions of the “Paparazzi Dogs” have been named, one group in honor of the Beatles (John, Paul, George and Ringo) and the another in honor of the Royal Family (Charles, Diana, Harry and William), the two La Jolla Dogs are unnamed. They will be posted until they are sold, but King noted replicas could be made in the event the statues are purchased.