The Sculptures

20 custom-designed larger-than-life cat and dog sculptures created by renowned sculptor Harry Weber.

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Flight

Viki Diedrich
Website

My name is "FLIGHT". I was rescued by the APA from the puppy mill, BIG BIRD DOG KENNELS. I was raised in a small cage; having lots of puppies that were all taken away from me. The birds that soared above my cage were the only positive contacts I had with the outside world. These birds became my dear friends and my life savers.

The artist chosen for me by the APA, Viki Diedrich, was a perfect match for me. Viki's deep passion for dogs and birds is obvious. She wants all of us to be treated with the upmost respect. She believes wholeheartedly in the APA and knows that they have helped thousands of animals in St. Louis.

Viki painted in detail my best friends and hers all over my body. She adorned my collar with Swarovski crystals that spell my name! My chest and tummy are kept warm and toasty with the most colorful feathers donated by our friends. My exquisite mask emphasizes the drama in our world represented by puppy mills, and promises they can no longer hide behind a mask of abuse and neglect. I am an indoor dog and hope to be adopted with love and appreciation for this most amazing organization that saves the lives of MANY very lucky dogs and cats!

Location:

Mister Guy

SOLD!

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The Clockwork Cat

Victoria L. Schultz

Website

The Clockwork Cat is the fanciful story of a Victorian era feline with a bit of Steampunk style as represented by his wild glowing orange color. Our proper gent wears a bowler hat, monocle, and a pocket watch (stuck forever at tea time, 4pm) nattily tucked into his vest. The bowler, with all Aces at the ready, is his lucky hat. Our gentleman enjoys other games as well, as demonstrated by his chess board vest. He stands in a lush garden, a nod to the Victorian language of flowers, including a carpet of violets that rise up from below his spats. Tender vines have captured his spyglass and the Queen chess piece. The greenery has enchanted the smiling Knight piece to leave the chess board to explore the garden. The sun and the moon rise over his shoulders. A literal cat o’nine tails sways in the breeze.

Victorian vignettes rest on his flanks in stylish birdcages. There are visual puns with hearts in hands, birds in the hands, a honeybee and a beetle taking residence behind our chap’s “buzz” in the ears. Insect studies of the Victorian era are further represented by the country cricket and a monarch butterfly (a reminder of Queen Victoria). The Telltale Heart (Edgar Allen Poe) on his breast and a yellow snake emerging from the snowy breast a la Rikki Tikki Tavi (Rudyard Kipling) are allusions to Victorian literature. Perhaps you’d like to join the Clockwork Cat for a cup of tea and a good book in the garden?

Location:

Lambert-St. Louis International Airport

Held For Auction At APA90 Birthday Bash

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Milo Fellini

John Stoeckley
Website

Milo Felini comes to life through the imagination of Missouri Historian Artist John Stoeckley. Presented with the casting of an upright cat, John wanted to make his contribution to the Animal Protective Association statue project unique and charming. Thus was born the cat musician, cello playing, Milo Felini!

Stepping outside his distinctive art of pen, ink and watercolor of historical Missouri landmarks, John set about to delight the viewers of Milo in a snazzy tails and bow tie and striking red vest ready to play his cello. Also a good friend to Harry Weber, sculpture artist of Milo, John wanted to compliment the work of Harry in this project.

Location:

Plaza Frontenac

Held for Auction

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Isabella Joy

Charlie Houska
Website

My sculpture is named for the first born of the two sister Bull Terriers that run my life. They inspire me everyday!

Location:

Clayton City Hall

Held For Auction At APA90 Birthday Bash

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Hunt For The Unicorn On A Full Moon

Genevieve Esson
Website

"The Hunt For The Unicorn" was a theme found in late Medieval and Renaissance works of art and literature. The artwork on my dog statue was inspired by the second tapestry from the "Hunt Of The Unicorn" series, a series of seven tapestries dating from 1495–1505 from the Southern Netherlands. There is a certain beauty, innocence and a story behind the scene that unfolds in this tapestry conveying a sense of peace in the animal kingdom.

For the love of animals, I am honored to participate in this project. Hopefully more dogs and cats will be adopted and pets be spayed and neutered. The APA is the perfect vehicle for all of these services to humanely treat these animals and educate the public about them. The Hanley and Harry Project will provide more opportunities for these animals to find a loving home and help the Animal Protective Association fund their many programs to bring humans and animals closer together. I am grateful to have been asked to paint one of these statues.

Location:

Parkcrest Plastic Surgery

SOLD!

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Take Me Home

Carol Carter
Website

Coming soon.

Location:

Shaw Park

 

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Hanley

Mary Nasser
Website

I deconstructed St. Louis area maps, cutting these maps into hundreds of mosaic-like pieces approximately 1-inch in diameter. Then I rearranged and reorganized these pieces, collaging them onto the surface of the sculpture using polymer medium. Finally, I coated the entire exterior with a transparent varnish with UV-filter. Now the sculpture is weather-resistant, easy to clean, and scratch-resistant, too!

As I created the piece, I thought of Daphne and Bruno – my own rescue dogs – and the immeasurable amount of unconditional love they've given to me. Daphne was a 4-year-old stray; no one knew her history. The vets even estimated her age by her teeth. And for little Bruno, I am his 4th home; he was relinquished by 2 previous families, then stayed with a foster-mom until he found his way to me and his forever-home. This sculpture is a tribute to them and the special relationship between all people and animals

Location:

Kirkwood Train Station

 

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Bubble Kitty

Sharon Spillar
Website

I have always been an animal lover, especially cats. I have had many pets as well, mostly dogs and cats. I have taken care of them whole-heartedly and have mothered them with lots of care and affection. Currently, I am a mom to three cats and one very bouncy lab- all four of them are rescues.

There's something irresistible about the cats I have known. There's a bond between me and them. In many ways it's like they become part of me. Sometimes they follow me around like children and shadow my every move. Sometimes they just curl up with me and purr. Usually, I have all of them in my studio with my pup under my feet.

What the APA does for animals is so important.  I feel so lucky to have been asked to work on this wonderful project and Bubble Kitty is an homage to the animals I have known, cared for and loved over the years.

Location:

Kirkwood Farmer’s Market

 

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Purina Hanley

 

Location:

The Muny

SOLD!

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Purina Harry

 

Location:

The Muny

SOLD!

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Fred

Villa Duchesne Art Department

The Villa Duchesne community cat design was influenced by graffiti, contemporary materials, and flower imagery. Our goal was to create a bright and cheerful design which would reflect our all girl student population. This was a community building activity, beginning with collecting used and unwanted nail polish. We began with the images of flowers and embellished them with feminine materials: nail polish and paint pens. Working on the cat combined two favorite activities of girls- talking and doodling- which added a pure playfulness to the surface design.

Location:

Schneithorst’s

 

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Meowsial

Craig Downs
Website

A tribute to Stan the Man!

Location:

Miracle Field

 

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9 Lives

Cari Bland
Website

I am absolutely thrilled and honored to be an artist for the APA's "Harry and Hanley" project. It means a lot to me to be able to combine my love of art with my love of animals in such a meaningful way. The idea for my cat sculpture (Harry) came from brain-storming with my husband. He suggested that I do a piece about a cat's nine lives. He then started joking about the many different ways cats could lose each of their nine lives. After a good laugh, we decided it best to avoid anything gruesome and disturbing. Instead, the theme became about a cat's past lives, and all of the amazing lives a cat could have lived. I focused on recreating important historical people with a feline persona. The inspiration for the entire piece was our beloved cat, Bristles, who passed away a few years ago. She was a fiesty calico who no doubt could have been any of these personalities in one of her past lives. Within the calico pattern is a portrait of each of the nine past lives: Pablo Picatsso, Meowbert Einstein, Sacatgawea, Sir Issac Meowton, Catty Robinson, Cleocatra, Wycatt Earp, Bruce Kittee and Benjamin Frankitten. I hope that my piece brings a smile to everyone's face and reminds us that animals can do great things too.

Location:

Maryland Plaza

 

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Blue

Serena Boschert
Website

As we’ve adopted our cats from shelters, I am pleased and excited to participate in the APA’s Harry and Hanley Project! I hope the 20 “artful” cats and dogs raise funds, bring awareness and knowledge of animal welfare in our community and an understanding of the work and programs offered by the Animal Protective Association.

My dog statue, “Blue”, celebrates St. Louis with a mixed media collage of musical symbols, breeds of dog stamps and images of area attractions. Acrylic, dimensional paint and glass stones are added embellishments. Two coats of exterior spar urethane have been applied to his coat.

Because of the textural decoupage surface, “Blue” would prefer to reside in a sheltered outdoor or interior home and adds, “ I would LOVE to be able to adopt YOU!!

Location:

Blueberry Hill

SOLD!

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Tuxedo Cat

Jessica Dreyer
Website

As a contemporary artist, my creative mind went wild when I first meet Hanley. Bright colors and abstract shapes where my first thoughts but, as I looked at Hanley in my studio, memories of cats from my past began to emerge. I always loved Looney Tunes growing up and can still laugh at them as an adult. Sylvester and Felix were among my favorites...both black and white cats. But my personal favorite was Jose...a kitten given to my family by a cousin in Chicago. We smuggled him home on the train in what became the first moment of 18 years of bonding. As a little girl, he would allow me to dress him in doll outfits, push him in my buggy and share donuts at breakfast. As I grew up and he grew older, he was always free with his kisses. He was a loving animal who deserved the best as do all God's creatures. So, as a memorial to Jose AKA Hanley, I painted my sculpture in his image in the hope that when on display he might spark the memory of a fond moment in someone else's life and a pet from their past. It is an honor to be part of this project and the purpose it carries to protect the animals we share our planet with.

Location:

Chesterfield Mall

 

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Kanine KayOss

Amy Johnson
Website

To promote love and protection for all animals, I wanted to create a superhero to set the example. His name is Kanine KayOss, and his intention is to work day and night to make sure all animals are treated well and their life is respected. He carries the explanation point on his heart to remind us to all feel through our hearts and know what is happening right now at this moment is what is important.

Since I love fabric and it's a big part of the KayOss design process, Kanine KayOss has a beautiful molded pleather weather resistant cape with a red silk liner, to fly high and promote his superheroism. He is also painted black to blend in at night as he performs his rescues.

I feel all living creatures that come to this earth have the right to grow and sustain in our abundant world. Kanine KayOss is here to help remind us of this and set the example so everyday we recognize, give and accept the unconditional love that animals freely and endlessly give to us. A silent power that spreads throughout the human race and lifts us all up to be better!

Location:

Saint Louis Galleria

 

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Bird Dog

Jeff Kapfer
Website

Many small birds flock together to form Bird Dog, inspired by the individuality and uniqueness of every animal at The Animal Protective Association of Missouri. My work is bright, cheerful and brings a smile to your face, much like the joy animals can bring to your life.

Location:

Plaza Frontenac

 

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Glam Kitty

Laura Planck
Website

 

Location:

Animal Protective Association of Missouri

 

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*Hanley

Sarah Smith
Website

The statue's painting was largely influenced by my love of representing movement through brushstrokes, and also my fondness for Van Gogh's particular impressionistic style.  I call him 'Whimsy' because I had no particular aim when I sat out to paint him...only that he be more 'dream-like' than 'dog-like.'

Location:

The Chesterfield Amphitheater

Price: $4,000

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Rusty

Thomas Culler
Website

All of my art work incorporates the designs you see on this Hanley in some way. My friend called them glyphs one time and I kinda liked that so, I guess what I call them too. They've been called "tribal" as well. When I saw the sculpture I immediately saw him as both a golden and a chocolate labrador retriever. This seemed so natural to me as either of these two colors of this breed dog is so quintessentially well, dog. Then it was just a matter of mixing some milk-chocolate colored enamel and other materials. It should also be noted that I inexplicably changed the dog's name to Rusty in my mind.

Location:

Crushed Red

Price: $4,000