Norfolk Arts awarded Nicole Harp and Knox Garvin a grant to launch Citizen Artist Norfolk—with sculpture, video, and website components—during Visual Arts Week 2014 with the goal of providing citizens a forum in which they could float their best and brightest ideas for building a better Norfolk.
They created a website and asked citizens..What if you could redesign your city?
Designs were gathered and Eco-Dog was born.
“Created by the dynamic Norfolk-based teaching-artist duo of Nicole Harp and Knox Garvin, Eco-Dog is not only green and functional but is a stylish addition to the streetscape at 1917 Colley Ave., the Little Dog Diner. The canine watering station is a lot hip with an industrial-organic aesthetic that is both contemporary and timeless.
Wanting to follow through by bringing at least one proposed idea to fruition in time for this year’s Arts Week, the pair chose Eco-Dog, proposed by Leana Stormont. Not only did it seem the most feasible, but it combined into one concept three of Harp’s and Garvin’s passions: community, sustainability, and love for animals.
With help from some talented designers at Makerspace and $2,000 in the bank after Harp’s successful efforts among residents and area businesses to raise funds for materials to build the prototype, Eco-Dog took shape.”