Meet SPOT, the Giant Fiberglass Dalmatian on East 34th Street

SPOT! is the name of the giant Dalmatian at the east end of 34th Street balancing a yellow taxi on its nose. This new public sculpture by artist Donald Lipski sits outside NYU Langone’s new Helen L. and Martin S. Kimmel Pavilion at 34th Street and First Avenue. The work is permanent.

SPOT!

The 38-foot female puppy is intended to offer a friendly greeting and comfort to visitors of the children’s hospital at the facility. She certainly enchanted those who were just passing by.

The taxi is a real one, a Prius donated by Toyota. While the motor has been removed, the lights and windshield wipers still work, programmed to operate when conditions warrant. 

Lipski, the artist, is known for his large-scale public works installations. In New York, you can see his sculptural chandelier in the shape of an olive tree at Grand Central Market. If visiting San Antonio, look for his swimming F.I.S.H. under the overpass at the River Walk.

The 18-story hospital, designed by Ennead Architects and NBBJ, provides an expansion of NYU’s Tisch Hospital next door. The facility is set to open this summer.

SPOT!

Spot sits close to the popular East River Ferry Landing on E.34th Street, so if ferrying to another landing, plan on visiting her as well. Taking a taxi there is an obvious option, too.

Good girl, Spot!

Images by Walking Off the Big Apple from May 28, 2018.

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