Spot Spot in Kips Bay

4 story high sculpture of Dalmation balancing a NYC Taxi on its nose

At 34th Street and First Avenue, at NYU Langone Medical Center’s Hassenfeld Children’s Hospital, you’ll find “Spot” which Gothamist called “NYC’s Greatest Sculpture“.

“Spot” is a 4 story tall Dalmatian balancing a real NYC taxi on its nose: She’s a “playful, heroic young dog doing the impossible“.

4 story high sculpture of Dalmation balancing a NYC Taxi on its nose
“Spot” by Donald Lipski (via donaldlipski.net )

Inspired by artist Donald Lipski‘s belief that art has healing powers , the monumental dog was created to give comfort to the children at the hospital:

“I wanted to make something so astounding it would distract even those arriving for the most serious procedures, and so lovable that young patients coming back again and again with chronic conditions would see it as an old friend.”

This wonderful public art project is just a short walk from Waterside.