Artists Create Sculpture to Honor Hero Firefighters

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"R. HERO" is a series of 6'-2" tall aluminum Dalmatian puppy dog sculptures. Each Dalmatian is executed in a different brightly colored iridescent painted finish with signature Dalmatian black spots and the name “R. HERO” on its shiny silver collar.

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

Artists Karen & Tony Barone have created this unique series of sculptures to be installed at public sites (parks, museums, municipal buildings, fire stations, hospitals, schools, etc.) as a means of honoring and bringing recognition to our heroic firefighters who save and rescue humans and animals alike. Through the creative & instructive expression of art, the “R. Hero” sculptures serve as a reminder of their indefatigable heroism.

In addition to honoring firefighters, this project allows artists Karen & Tony Barone the opportunity of achieving a personal goal to create large scale public art that will enhance the quality of life for individuals living in, working in and visiting a city. Also, the visually child friendly “R. Hero”, draws attention to the powerful and beneficial relationship of animals to people.

The Dalmatian sculptures executed in different colors allows for a citywide campaign that places different colored “R. HERO” sculptures at multiple site selections – Karen & Tony Barone are passionate about making their “R. HERO” sculptures available to communities across America – creating a “Dalmatian Nation”.

Karen & Tony Barone have “restricted” the purchase of “R. HERO” to only those acquiring the work to honor firefighters through art in public places. “R. HERO” is part of Karen & Tony Barone’s “ArtAdoption” initiative (

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