Riverstone adds ‘big dog’ to community art displays

June Tang, development manager of Riverstone, stands by the 500-pound “Big Dog” that is now a permanent fixture at Riverstone’s 3.5-acre bark park.

June Tang, development manager of Riverstone, stands by the 500-pound “Big Dog” that is now a permanent fixture at Riverstone’s 3.5-acre bark park.

Already one of Fort Bend’s largest dedicated dog spaces, Riverstone’s Bark Park just received a big addition — one that weighs about 500 pounds.

Installation of a Cor-Ten weathered-steel canine art structure was recently completely alongside the park fence, giving Riverstone residents even more to dig about the 3.5-acre park. It is actually the second time the 8-foot tall by 10-foot long sculpture has visited Fort Bend County. Last year, it was part of a temporary art display, “The Big Dog Show,” featuring 20 of the steel canines in Sienna Plantation, Riverstone’s sister community that sits adjacent to the development.

“The big dogs were so popular at our home tour exhibit last year, we thought a permanent installation in Riverstone would be intriguing for residents and a nice complement to our existing public art displays found through the community,” said Trey Reichert, vice president and general manager of Riverstone. “The Big Dog artwork has additional meaning since the full display was originally brought to Fort Bend in celebration of 40th anniversary of The Johnson Development Corp., developer of Riverstone and Sienna Plantation.”

Riverstone’s Big Dog is the creation of award-winning metal sculptor Dale Rogers of Haverhill, Mass. The artwork traveled 1,900 miles from the northeast to its permanent home in Fort Bend County.

The canine structure complements an array of outdoor art displays in Riverstone. One of the more recent installations is “Four People,” a 7 by 15-foot sculpture, also by Rogers. The piece — depicting four figures holding hands with outstretched arms — was installed in seven communities of The Johnson Development Corp. last year to commemorate the company’s 40 years of residential development.

Bronze deer, birds and other pieces can be found in parks, greenbelts and waterways throughout Riverstone, including 10 deer installed in February.

To learn more of Riverstone, visit www.riverstone.com.

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