Internationally Renowned Rancho Mirage California Artist Couple Karen & Tony Barone Have Recently Created "R. Hero"

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"R. Hero" is a 6'-2" tall iridescent purple (not white) black spotted aluminum Dalmatian sculpture who goes by the name "R. Hero" on it's collar and is only available for purchase, for donation to fire stations, animal shelters or public dog parks.

Robin Abcarian, The Los Angeles Times said, “Tony and Karen Barone are the kind of people who make even the wildest urban professional feel hopelessly conventional.”e

"R. Hero" is a 6'-2" tall iridescent purple (not white) black spotted aluminum Dalmatian sculpture who goes by the name "R. Hero" on it's collar and is only available for purchase, for donation to fire stations, animal shelters or public dog parks.

This not-so-little fella has been created to honor our nations fire fighters which are housed within the fire station(s) he stands before. He can be placed in front of a specific single fire station or it can be executed as a signed and numbered multiple work of art sculpture and become a citywide project in which a different colored Dalmatian graces, marks & draws attention to each of the city's fire stations and the heroes within.

Karen & Tony Barone plan to create a "Dalmatian Nation" and take the project across the country through their “ArtAdoption” program and spur fundraisers for firefighter and animal related charities. “ArtAdoption” is a new way to support public art sculpture projects for cities, parks, schools & eventually zoos, without requesting funds from the cities or public sector. The Barones decided they would gift the art to public sector recipients and personally raise the funds through private and business sector sponsorship programs. Normally government has to spend money to allocate money to purchase public art.

Through Karen & Tony Barone’s ArtAdoption project, the art acquisition money goes directly from the private sector to the artists to fabricate the work and oversee the completion of the project through installation. The city then receives the work at no charge and can free up dollars for needed programs and city personnel. The city, even under current economic conditions, achieves the lofty goal of supporting the arts & culture.

The city also satisfies the need to embellish its public spaces with art without using funds raised through taxation. The “ArtAdoption” project allows for a private sector & citizens grass roots effort. It gives park, art, and in this case persons who wish to support the the brave men and women who risk their lives daily keeping us safe, as well as animal lovers everywhere an opportunity to acquire an extraordinary sculpture that is monumental in size and gift it to a city fire house.

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