If your travel plans are soon taking you to the city known for its stunning architecture –Chicago, then this time besides its captivating sky scrapers, you will also be greeted by more than hundred fiber glass dog statues, painted in different colours and designs on several streets in the downtown.Of course, right with the first glimpse -love for dogs and the virtues they stand for can come running to the mind but at the same time, you will notice that they all sculptures despite being decorated with different colours and designs have a ‘police’ connection and each one of them is a ‘German Shepherd.’ It’s all because, it’s an exhibition dedicated to Chicago police dogs for the daily hard work they put in to assist the police officers in keeping the city safe.An initiative of Chicago Police memorial Foundation (CPMF) and Chicago Paws (CP) that kick started just few weeks ago and here to stay till early next year, it’s simply city’s another best foot forward to prove that Chicago has always been known for being home to unique exhibitions with inspiring aims and concepts that ends up offering a new experience to the tourists from across the world.Interestingly, besides saluting the police dogs that are deployed for searching buildings, detect narcotics and explosives, search for evidence and even missing people, the exhibition also gave a big platform to hundreds of local artists including three police artists and their talent packed with many hues of creativity who designed and painted these sculptors which stand sponsored by a local company, individual or a family.Also open for sale, funds raised will go for training more dogs for assisting police officers, for helping the families of fallen or wounded police officers and over all welfare of CP –the home of pets. Coming to how each of these sculptures daily fascinate the tourists which also carries name of the dog, name of the artist who worked on it and the sponsor, they are actually being photographed many times more than the breath taking sky scrapers around. All because of their outstanding presentations that can even stir one’s power of imagination.While some are even wearing duty uniforms including the safety helmets worn during a bomb detection, glasses and name batches, some of their backs are painted with safety messages for the public and their daily routines. There are also those that are painted with city attractions and adorning all kind of colours –be it yellow, blue, pink or orange attracting one and all towards them. Then there are also those who are carrying the written city history, cartoon conversations on the city, sketches of their duty scenes and so on -all grabbing every eyes attention. And, how they are all positioned (majority on Michigan Avenue) does make a point as despite being sculptures, they clearly seem to be guarding the downtown other than offering a warm welcome to the city. Moreover, they look so real as if they are busy observing their surroundings. They are outside the hotel doors, shops, showrooms bus stops (guarding both sides), sitting in the planted areas and even some of the secluded corners –taking note of their city and in return, everyone who sees them comes running to them to hug them followed by selfies and pictures and of course they deserved to be hugged for the work they do.
Then are also many of the tourists who while taking note of the police connection, can’t hold themselves on approaching the nearby policemen on duty to know more about this exhibition and the answers go on to praising them –calling them their canine heroes that never let them down.
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