Independent Staff Report
The city of West Hollywood, through its Arts and Cultural Affairs Commission, is presenting “Sweetlove in Weho,” an art on the outside project along Santa Monica Boulevard through the month of August.
Belgium artist William Sweetlove has created six colorful sculptures he calls “Cloned Bulldogs with Water Bottles.” They were installed Wednesday.
Sweetlove is known for creating colorful sculptures that evoke a social, political and ecological message. “Cloned Bulldogs” features six bulldogs that reflect the artist’s ongoing research about climate change.
In an artist statement, Sweetlove said: “If climate change continues, the problems will just get worse. As an artist, I try to find solutions. Soon there will be too much sea water in the world but not enough drinking water, so I put boots on my dogs and give them water bottles and backpacks to give them some support.”
The sculptures are made from plastic, resin, and polyurethane; all synthetic products made from petroleum, itself a natural, organic fossil.
“When we crack the molecules of petroleum we produce hydrocarbons — gasoline, diesel fuel, oils, benzene,” Sweetlove said. “When petroleum products are burned, they generate pollution and contribute to global warming. Ethane and propane are distilled from petroleum and are the basis for the production of plastics, polyesters, nylon — all of the products we need for everyday life.
“The basic problem is that these products, like fossils, are here for eternity; nothing can destroy them. Today we must recycle them and invest in the technology to do so.”