Animal-themed collectibles sought for new Animal Services facility

Miami-Dade County Animal Services, in collaboration with Miami-Dade County Art in Public Places, is calling on the public to donate figurines, decorative objects, memorabilia and other “tchotchkes” that represent our beloved dogs and cats.

The collected objects will be used by internationally recognized artist Carlos Betancourt and architect Alberto Latorre as components of a monumental sculpture that will define the lobby of the new Animal Services Adoption Center currently under construction at 3599 NW 79 Ave. in Doral and expected to open this winter.

“This unique crowdsourced art project will symbolize the importance of community involvement and participation in making our county a no-kill community,” said Alex Muñoz, director of Animal Services.

The artists are looking for objects that will help them realize the creation of a sculpture that is greater than the sum of its parts.

There are a few guidelines and limitations:
• Objects made from only the following materials can be used: plastic, ceramic, wood, glass, plaster, lightweight metal;
• The minimum size of any object is 10 inches and the maximum size is 36 inches in any direction, and
• Objects that cannot be used include anything made from fabric or cloth, such as stuffed animals or animal clothing.

Donation boxes will be located at the following county locations until Sept. 30:
Stephen P. Clark Government Center Main Lobby, 111 NW First St.;
Miami-Dade Animal Services, 7401 NW 74 St., and
South Dade Government Center, 10710 SW 211 St.

The artists reserve the right to select objects based on their discretion and as determined for the appropriateness of the site. Any unused objects will be donated to charity.

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