Three entry gabions, made of naturally-finished steel and filled with river rock, act as directional marker towers. Featured dogs “Chip,” a mixed-breed shepherd, and “Pepita, an oversized Chihuahua, along with a colorful green cat named “Luna,” stand atop each of the three pedestals. The towers are 5, 6.5 and 8 feet tall, offering visitors who arrive at the facility a destination marker visible at the main maintenance facility intersection.
Magnolia (“Mags”) is a striking 5 foot tall greeter to the adoption center, which is where visitors meet staff and adoptable cats. She’s situated atop a gabion bench, happily awaiting visitors to take photos with their new furry family members. To address the center’s interior, Richey invited California muralist and Texas native John Wehrle to design a hand-painted mural for the main wall, entitled “Cats and Dogs Aloft.” The colorful work features three cats and seven dogs in various states of play against a neighborhood prairie and blue Texas sky. Painted animals interact with the intended seating area and the flat screen tv while a tuxedo cat sits atop the doorway leading to the adoption room. Additionally, three glass mosaic cats sit or lounge atop the yellow I-beams that make up the focal point of the building’s structure. Two cats, a standing tortoiseshell and a sleeping Korat, rest on a beam while a third cat, is ready to pounce from the opposite wall. Exiting to the back patio of the building, Terra, a 5 foot tall standing Calico cat, leans against the railing as if reaching for something overhead with the natural marsh behind her.
Across from the center, Richey created a series of five dogs of various breeds running along the wall of the veterinary clinic. Placed in dynamic poses, these two-sided mosaic dogs include: a lead dog carrying a red ball in her mouth, escaping from her pursuers; “Shaggy,” an Afghan hound, following in aerodynamic fashion; “Jack,” a Jack Russell Terrier, bounding along with his tongue out; “Rosie,” a stout and determined bulldog, barreling down the wall; and, “Lucy,” a wiry Westie-Terrier mix, bringing up the rear. The dogs range in scale from 2-4 feet long and 1.5-2 feet high.
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