Downtown is Pawsome

Downtown is Pawsome

Sculptures moved to indoor winter locations

The 2017 placemaking exhibit Downtown is Pawsome features 20 three-foot-tall sculptures based on Albany's famous canine resident and local landmark Nipper the Dog, colorfully customized by regional artists and placed on display at various Downtown locations. The pups have been relocated to indoor "foster homes" for the winter, waiting out the cold weather in free, publicly accessible spaces (pending individual business hours) through April 1, 2018. Download a walking tour map of the winter locations here. To join the conversation on social media, use #downtownispawsome in your posts!

Visit these pawsome pups at their winter homes:

Please check location websites for operating hours.  

In 2005, the outdoor Placemaking program (formerly “Sculpture in the Streets”) was established to connect Downtown employees, residents and visitors with the places they share by reinventing public spaces with various art forms. From regional creators to world renowned artists like Seward Johnson and George Rickey, the exhibits have attracted thousands annually. Similar past projects included the installation of customized pianos as part of Luke Jerram’s internationally touring Play Me, I’m Yours series in 2014 and giant Dutch clogs celebrating Albany’s history in 2012, all enhanced by the Capital Region’s local art community. The Downtown is Pawsome project is sponsored by the Mohawk Hudson Humane Society, 80 State Street LLC, Albany Center Gallery, the City of Albany, Discover Albany, the Palace Theatre, Upside Collective, and media partner Nippertown. The addition of the 10 more sculptures—an expansion of this year’s Placemaking exhibit—was made possible in part by the Amplify Albany Grant Program, a program supported by the City of Albany Capital Resource Corporation and Capitalize Albany Corporation. More information on the grant program is available at