ART Around Town: Bulldog Statues Unleashed

Article by Greg Lyons:

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NCLAC has been involved with the Ruston Cultural District’s Bulldog Project as the sponsor of a dog, thanks to personal donations from our Board of Directors. We are looking forward to the dog reveal event on Sept. 7, and to driving around town looking for each one. We hope you’ll join us in celebrating this new creative venture by the Ruston Cultural District! Here are more details from Ruston Cultural District board member Greg Lyons:

As a board member of the Ruston Cultural District, it is my privilege to let you know about an exciting upcoming event. After many months of planning and preparation, our bulldog statues are about to be unleashed for public display. The unleashing will happen in conjunction with Ruston’s Rock the Railroad event on September 7. During that event, we will unleash the Railroad Park Bulldog. Meanwhile nine additional bulldogs will be simultaneously unleashed in locations scattered throughout the city. These bulldogs were commissioned to be painted by local artists. Each was sponsored by a local organization. After the event, you will get a map with the precise location of each bulldog for your future explorations around the city. But while you’re at Rock the Railroad, you’ll also have a chance to enjoy fantastic food vendors like Tribe’s and Roma’s along with drinks from Ponchatoulas. I’m really looking forward to the musical lineup -- Judge & the Jury. It all starts at 6p when vendors open. A short pep rally will take place at 6:30p followed by the bulldog unleashing. Then, the band will take the stage from 7-9p. This event is sure to be an historic moment for our community, so I hope you will be a part of it. See you there!

Thanks to the following artists who have designed and painted these excellent bulldogs: Whitney Caskey, ARROW Public Art, Hooshang Khorasani, Joe Gates, Victoria Smith, Laura Hunt Miller, Almira Bradford, and Julie Crews. Ruston Cultural District is pleased to have been able to contract with these artists to pay them for their artistic designs and handiwork.

Thanks to the sponsors who have made the Bulldog Project possible: Bank of Ruston, Libby English on behalf of the Dixie Center for the Arts, Louisiana Tech University Alumni Association, Jeanette & Justin Hinckley, NCLAC, Ruston-Lincoln CVB, City of Ruston, Ponchatoulas Restaurant, Log Cabin Grill & Market, Clinton Insurance Agency, RE/MAX Results Realty, and the Collision Center at Courtesy Automotive. Thanks, too, to Public Works with the City of Ruston for their storage and installation of the dogs, and to Glenn Scriber for his technical expertise and assistance.

Be sure to plan on going to these locations after September 7thto see the Ruston Cultural District’s Bulldog Project: Railroad Park, Cook Park, Dixie Center for the Arts, Ruston-Lincoln Convention & Visitors Bureau, Ruston City Hall, Bank of Ruston, Ruston Farmers Market, Lambright, Louisiana Tech University near Tolliver, and the Boys and Girls Club.