Tony Matelli’s hyperrealistic painted bronze sculpture Stray Dog disappeared this weekend from in front of a Manhattan subway station at 72nd and Broadway, where it has been stationed as part of Max Levai and Marlborough Chelsea’s citywide outdoor sculpture show, “Broadway Morey Boogie,” since last September.
According to the rep for the gallery who shared the news, the seeing-eye dog was found dumped in nearby Riverside Park and is now in the custody of the New York Parks Department. (Photos of the discovery, provided by the gallery, follow below.) Matelli’s uncannily lifelike work has been known to provoke some strong reactions. Last year some students at Wellesley College protested a sculpture of a man sleepwalking through campus in his underwear.