Bow Wow Wow! Hundreds of Paper Dogs Hit New York City as NYCxDesign Gets Underway

May 16, 2013, 10:00 ET from Lazerian and James Cropper

NEW YORK, May 16, 2013 /PRNewswire/ --

NYCxDesign, New York's city-wide celebration of cutting edge design is underway and has attracted the most unlikely of guests - hundreds of paper dogs.

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An exhibition of customised paper dogs has arrived in the city following an ambitious international design exchange, with the pooches flying in from artists' studios around the world including New Zealand, Argentina, Sweden and South Korea.

Over 100 artists from around the world, including US artists Jimi Crayon, Oliver Hibert, Tatiana Arocha and Banksy's right-hand man, Inkie have given 120 dogs a new coat and set them loose in the Big Apple. Created by British design house, Lazerian, and supported by British paper mill, James Cropper, the designs include an homage to New York hot dog sellers by Spanish design company, Munye&Co complete with ketchup logos.

Other highlights include a skeletal Gerald, turned inside out by British ceramic designer Phoebe Richardson, while textile artist, Felt Mistress adorned hers with hundreds of feet of painstakingly stitched colourful felt material.

The litter of cut-and-fold canines landed in Manhattan on Thursday (05.16.2013) as part of the 12 day design festival, with the full collection of unique doggy designs being seen together for the very first time in the Gerald and James exhibition, opening for art and dog lovers to enjoy at 60 Reade, off Broadway until Sunday.

Mark Cropper, Chairman of James Cropper, said: "I'm sure this is the first time New York has been overrun by paper dogs, so we're proud to be making history."

Built entirely of paper and using up to 88 components per dog, Gerald is the brainchild of British designers, Liam Hopkins and Richard Sweeney. Created in the shape of a Bracco Italiano gun dog, the pair set out to demonstrate the strength and versatility of paper through intelligent design. The New York exhibition also marks the launch of a limited edition book, printed using James Cropper's expertise.

Based in the English Lake District, James Cropper is the maker of the world's finest bespoke papers. Run by the sixth generation of the Cropper family, the mill still produces paper in the village where the first sheet was produced in 1753.

SOURCE Lazerian and James Cropper