I’m honoured to have been asked to take part in a project to decorate a dog kennel (!) for the Blue Cross charity for pets. The decorated dog kennels will be exhibited in a trail throughout London in Summer 2018, and auctioned off for the charity at the end. Artists’ designs can be viewed by googling Bow Wow Haus.
My idea is for a Shrine to St Roch (Patron Saint of dogs), inspired by the roadside shrines seen throughout Southern Europe and Greece, which (to me) somewhat resemble dog kennels. My construction design and artist’s impression are below:
Saint Roch is also associated with healing; born in the 14th century, he survived the Plague, healed by a dog who licked a wound on his thigh. Shrines to St Roch are decorated with ‘body parts’, representing those healed by the prayers to St Roch. I have yet to decide if my shrine will feature body parts (from dolls!) …
(I am still waiting for my kennel shell to be delivered – deadline end of March 2018)