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What is
Pop Dogs?



A mobile art installation
to discuss the global issue
of dog over-population
by exploring the global cycle
of craving, consumption
and abandonment.

Where is
Pop Dogs?



The PopDogs project
is based in New York City,
and the installation
will travel to four major cities:
New York, Paris,
Rio de Janeiro,
and Shanghai.

Photo Attilio Rossetti
By MIREMBE BIANCA NUTT BIRIGWA
Published: June 19, 2011

PopDogs is a public art installation and public forum by Carlo Sampietro that addresses dog overpopulation.

The artist confronts this important issue by exposing viewers to the psychological cycle of craving, consumption and abandonment that happens when an object of desire becomes unwanted.

Italian-born artist Sampietro presents PopDogs, a giant popcorn machine that appears to spew out toy dogs at an alarming rate, to mimic the birth rate of real dogs worldwide. As visitors arrive, they are confronted with a cascade of toys spilling out of the PopDogs machine and onto the floor. Viewers cannot help but connect with this absurd spectacle focusing on the millions of domestic animals that come into the world and are subsequently abandoned, ignored, or destroyed—the sheer volume is clearly unsustainable.

The installation also includes a workshop where kids can paint dog toys and learn about the responsibilities of dog ownership. Experts in the fields of animal sheltering and pet care participate in a public forum

This forum is intended to function as a conversation starter—a judgment-free and informative environment in which viable solutions to dog overpopulation issues can be discussed.

Sampietro’s goal is to exhibit PopDogs in New York, Paris, Shanghai, Sao Paulo and Mecico City; all cities in which dog overpopulation has caused unique set of challenges and dilemmas.

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