ALBANY IS 'PAW'SOME!The city of Albany, New York is not only the state capital of New York State; it is also the home of the last RCA Nipper! Nipper (1884-1895) was born in Bristol, England and he was the very handsome model for Francis Barraud's painting "His Master's Voice."
And Nipper and his famous painting eventually became branding for RCA Victor.
So, if Nipper is a little mixed breed dog who lived in Bristol, England in the very late 1800s; how can Albany be his home, you ask? Well, Albany is the home to the very last 4 ton Nipper that is sitting high on top a warehouse on Broadway that was once an RTA(RCA Distributor.) There are two much smaller statues, one in Baltimore, Maryland and one in Bristol, England. But our Nipper is really the last. Everyone in the Capital Region loves that pup, and we protect him with all our strength. When the building was sold to Arnoff Moving and Storage the greater Capital Region as a whole were determined "no one was going to take down our dog!" But Arnoff never imagined taking Nipper off his perch. Arnoff NEVER imagined removing that beautiful dog, and they have been excellent guardians since they purchased the building.
Nipper in Albany
A smaller Nipper in Bristol, England
Well to show our love and devotion for our beloved dog; the city of Albany decided to use Nipper for the next "pop-up" street art subject. Albany is 'Paw'some
was born. 20 small likenesses of Nipper were cast and the call went out to artists in the community to submit applications to adorn our dog. The little Nippers will stay out for a year and then will be auctioned off for charity. We set out on a recent Sunday afternoon to seek out Nipper and pick our favorite one.
This is my favorite.
But, they are all wonderful. This pays homage to Albany's Dutch heritage.
This little guy is to represent the Capital Region Food Pantry, see his little bone. And yes, our food pantries and meals on wheels partner with the local shelters to make sure those in need can also get food for their pets, so no one goes hungry. And people don't have to make the awful choice to give up their fur people.
This 'snazzy' guy is outside Capital Repertory Theater.
A little decoupage, covered in photos of dogs.
Just hanging out in the shade of a tree in Tri-Centennial Park.
And this guy has some sweet flowers in his hair.
Keeping time on Pearl Street.
This guy is sporting some fancy duds! He's also got some bling.
Pretty flowers outside the City Center.
The installation was premiered by a Garden Party in Tri-Centennial Park with proceeds to benefit the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society.
This little dog that now takes center stage in Albany was once a stray mutt who found a loving home with a theater set dresser in Bristol, England in the late 1800s and now he is a star. Possibly the best 'rags-to-riches' story I have ever heard!