'Barkitecture' dog house art displays take over Madison Avenue this holiday season | Upper East Site, Jill Laurinaitis

‘Barkitecture’ Dog House Art Displays Take Over Madison Avenue this Holiday Season

The holiday season is in full swing on the Upper East Side, made even more festive thanks in part to a new series of installations on Madison Avenue called ‘Barkitecture’ created by students from the School of Visual Arts in partnership with the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District.

Fourteen undergraduate students from SVA’s Bachelor of Fine Arts program in 3D Design created their own interpretations of the classic dog house using common objects and their imaginations, under the direction of program Chair Kevin T. O’Callaghan.

The dog houses were created by students from he School for Visual Arts
The dog houses were created by students from he School for Visual Arts | Jill Laurinaitis

Each piece is illuminated within an eight-foot Lucite case and features a whimsical dog photo placed inside. The sixth collaboration between SVA and the Madison Avenue B.I.D., the works can be found along Madison Avenue between East 61st and East 77th streets.

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‘Barkitecture’ is a playful and imaginative addition to the holiday decorations on Madison Avenue, which already include the 80 street trees illuminated by the B.I.D. and the joyous holiday displays in storefronts throughout the district. 

Some of the dog house installations are designed to look like a milk carton, a carrot, a hot dog cart with a fake pigeon, a mop and there’s even one made of tennis balls — woof!

Each piece is illuminated within an eight-foot Lucite case and features a whimsical dog photo placed inside
Each piece is illuminated within an eight-foot Lucite case and features a whimsical dog photo placed inside | Jill Laurinaitis

“The holidays are about joy, and these remarkably creative doghouse displays put a smile on the face of all shopping on Madison Avenue,” said Matthew Bauer, President of the Madison Avenue Business Improvement District. 

 “It is an honor to celebrate the 75th Anniversary of The School of Visual Arts on Madison Avenue, and this installation so well complements not only our holiday decor, but the dog-friendly environment of our district and its stores.”

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The Madison Avenue B.I.D. is known for its commitment to supporting the arts and fostering partnerships with local organizations and institutions. The ‘Barkitecture’ series is a great example of the organization’s dedication to bringing fresh and unique experiences to the Upper East Side during the holiday season.

The ‘Barkitecture’ installations will be on display through January 3rd
The ‘Barkitecture’ installations will be on display through January 3rd | Jill Laurinaitis

In addition to being a fun and entertaining attraction for visitors to the area, ‘Barkitecture’ also showcases the talent and creativity of the SVA students who participated in the project.

The imaginative dog house designs are a testament to the skill and ingenuity of the young artists, and provide a glimpse into the future of the design world.

The ‘Barkitecture’ installations will be on display through January 3rd.

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