Public Art

This year will be Downtown Racine Corporation’s 17th year of Community Art! This year the Downtown Racine Corporation is proud to announce that the 2018 Public Art Project will be: K-9 HEROES!

Why Community Art?
Community art creates attachment to one’s community! Cities gain value through community art – cultural, social and economic value. It reflects and reveals our society, adds meaning to our cities and uniqueness to our communities. Community art provides an intersection between past, present and future, between disciplines, and between ideas.

And, it’s free. There are no tickets to view the completed art pieces. People don’t have to dress up. It can be viewed alone or in groups. Community art is open to everyone, and again this year will be available 7 days a week from mid June to early September.


The Project – K9 Heroes
This year, there will be 25 life-size dogs total, 14 will be replicas of the K-9s that serve all of Racine County and 11 will be German Shepherds in a sitting pose, in which the artists will have full creative freedom. The 14 Racine County actual K-9s and their handlers will be interacting with the community all summer long at various downtown events including the Public Art Preview Party on Saturday, June 9 at 10:00 am at Johnson Bank Building, 55 Main St., Saturday Sounds on the Square, every Saturday June 23-Sept 1 on Monument Square (a different K9 and handler will be featured each week), and the Public Art Auction on Sat., Sept 9th from 5:00 pm-9:00 pm at Wingspread.

The 14 K-9s being replicated include:

Burlington Police:

Zander – Officer Beamgardt

Caledonia Police:

Louie – Officer Radke

Mt. Pleasant Police:

Brutus – Officer Knierim

Ares – Sgt. Giese

Racine County Sheriff’s Office:

Friday – Deputy Drewitz

Nox – Deputy Clemens

Nitro – Deputy Ruffalo

Murphy – Deputy Fisher

Racine Police:

Dozer – Officer Melby

Titan – Officer Arvai

Hax – Officer Rybarik

Odin and Dixie – Officer Beal

Sturtevant Police

Rhea – Officer Purdee