Artists Sculpture Creation to Honor Hero Firefighters Has California Cities Going to the Dogs

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"R. Hero" the series of 6'-2" tall aluminum Dalmatian puppy dog sculptures, each executed in a differently brightly colored iridescent painted finish with signature Dalmatian black spots and the name "R. Hero" on its shiny silver collar have found homes.

Two of the four “R. Hero,” in the initial series of Dalmatian puppy dog sculptures created by artists Karen & Tony Barone have found homes.

A purple “R. Hero,” honoring firefighters and donated to the City of Palm Desert, was installed on May 23 in the El Paseo median west of Highway 74 in front of the Historical Society of Palm Desert, CA.The City’s Art in Public Places Commission chose the location across from The Historical Society as the most appropriate site because the Historical Society occupies a building that served as the City’s original fire station – Fire Station #1. Then the very next day after the Palm Desert Dalmatian was installed, a green "R. Hero" went in front of the Children’s Discovery Museum in Rancho Mirage, CA

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 as evidenced by the attention received to date of the "R. Hero" which was installed, May 24th at the Childrens Discovery Museum.

The Barones created the 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.

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