The Massachusetts Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (MSPCA) asked me to design a sculpture that would raise $1,000.000. Since I am intrigued with symbolism, I asked myself what activity is essential to all of us - animals as well as humans. I decided that eating is the most fundamental, not only for survival, but as a social activity. The idea of sharing was another. I put these two ideas together and the result is a cat eating out of a dogís bowl with the dog watching rather passively.
I added the catís small bowl full of food for clarity. The sculpture is resting on a real cast stone in order to imply outdoor space with the picket fence depicting shelter and protection.
I added the rabbit, as an indication that the MSPCA treats other animals besides dogs and cats. The three animals further symbolize the three existing MSPCA hospitals, the seven pickets of the fence represent the seven shelters in the state. The sculpture is signed and numbered and the initials MSPCA are on one side. This is an edition of ten, cast in bronze and mounted on a travertine base, under which is a rotating Lazy Susan hardware.