An 8.5 meter tall sculpture of a black labrador pissing on the facade of the Orange County Museum of Art in Newport Beach is Richard Jackson’s latest artwork. The artist’s thought-provoking installation ‘Bad Dog’ was installed for the occasion of the retrospective exhibit ‘Richard Jackson: Ain’t Painting a Pain’.
The work, that literally leaves a golden mark on the building’s facade, is a great conversation piece for the exhibition, but it also seems to criticize the architecture of the museum. As the whole facade has no windows or doors it doesn’t have any connection with the space around it. These kind of spaces ask for disrespectful treatments. Although the artwork is not very kind for the building, we have to conclude that it obviously shows the courage of the museum board that commissioned this work.