Five talented artists have transformed these humble canine abodes into works of art.

What happens when you take a handful of crazy-talented artists - Max Patté, BMD, Cruz Jimenez, Kathryn Stevens and Aaron McConchie – and give them the challenge of creating their own unique doggie digs?

State-of-the-art doggie dwellings. 

The kennels were unveiled by Bob Kerridge, executive director of SPCA Auckland. Not just your plain wooden dog houses anymore, these five doggie houses are being auctioned online with all proceeds going to the SPCA for Urbis’ DesignDay.

BMD has given its dog house, The Good Dog, some true street style. The mysterious New Plymouth graffiti art duo have made their mark on the streets of Wellington, Auckland, New Plymouth.

Californian-born Cruz Jimenez’s dog house, Song of Stars, is all about the hidden sense of wonder that dogs see. Cruz moved to New Zealand in 2001 after studying Fine Arts at the Art Institute of Southern California.

Kathryn Stevens’ doggie digs, Fold Here, is inspired from the folded construction of the dog house itself. She worked in paper with the unfolded shape of the house and using an asymmetrical ‘V’ pleat (Kawasaki Theorem).

Aaron McConchie’s creation, Not All Choices, is a reference to modern society and consumerism. “The decision to introduce an animal into your family is not one to be taken lightly; they are not fashion items or disposable,” says the South Auckland-based artist.

Max Patté has taken his inspiration from the scandalous 1917 work attributed to Marcel Duchamp. The work was a porcelain urinal which was signed ‘R.Mutt’ and titled Fountain. In Max’s design ‘anyone’ is the dog, a mongrel or ‘Mutt’.

 

The painted doggie digs all measure 600mm (h) x 600mm (w) x 900m (l) and weigh 15 kg, so are best suited to a small or medium-sized dog. The houses have galvanised steel exteriors and tanalised plywood floors, which means no condensation for the doggie.

All five dog houses will be on display on March 21 at Urbis Designday HQ, White Studios, 30 Burleigh St, Eden Terrace, Auckland.