This summer will mark the one year anniversary of the Arc Of Dreams in Sioux Falls, SD. The downtown sculpture created by artist Dale Lamphere, is 70 feet tall and spans the length of a football field across the Big Sioux River. Modeling his art piece on the 6 ft midwest prairie grasses that bend in the wind, there is a space of about 15 feet in the middle where the two pieces almost touch. Through this space in the sculpture, Lamphere creates a reminder that,
...sometimes all it takes to make a dream come true is a "leap of faith."
I've always loved the sculpture walk that is showcased on Philips Ave every year, but I hadn't yet made it to see the Arc. When I decided on a whim to go last week, I was in awe of the enormity of the sculpture. As I walked along the river looking at the Arc from different angles, the only thing I could think was,
I need to get a dog down here for some pictures!!!
But, what kind of dog? Hermes and Dash are not the right look for this statue and their personalities are not quite right for it either.
I knew it would need to be a dog who is use to the downtown lifestyle complete with distractions. As soon as the thought entered my head I knew the dog for the job...
Meet Downtown Henry!
I first met Henry when he was taking dock diving classes at Paws Pet Resort last summer. The first day of class Henry was asking his dog dad why in the world those dogs were going in that pool, and why were they crazy enough to jump!!! By the end of the 4 weeks Henry was a star! After finally making his "leap of faith" off the dock, Henry showed up at the dock with his super cape in tow and the smiles went on for days!
In my mind, Henry was perfect for pictures at the Arc. Besides the fact that he's so darn cute, Henry is a downtown dog who loves his city and all that downtown has to offer a dog (even if he was once told that he was too loud for Josiah's). Through his diving journey, Henry took that leap of faith that the Arc of Dreams was created around (pardon the pun). Dogs will do that you know. There is really nothing that they won't do for the family they love.
I told you Henry was adorable. ;O) By the way, you can follow Downtown Henry on Instagram. Yep, he's got his own account!
If you're in Sioux Falls or plan to visit, make sure you take some time to visit the Arc. It does not disappoint.
Thanks for modeling for me, Henry! Those GQ dogs got nothin on you. ;O)
This was a "free for all" post for our pet photographer's blog circle, so feel free to circle around if you'd like. Start with Linda Perdue of VP Shoots Photography in Tampa, Florida.
5/29/2020 12:05:43 pm
There are no words for how much I love this!
5/29/2020 12:07:53 pm
Thank you, Elaine.☺️
5/29/2020 12:10:25 pm
Augh, that arc is stunning. And Henry makes a great model. I just love these images.
5/29/2020 03:56:15 pm
Thanks, Angela. Henry was perfect in every way for this vision in my head. ;)
5/29/2020 01:20:10 pm
Love these images and the story!
5/29/2020 03:57:05 pm
Thanks, Terri. Every picture tells a story, but sometimes we need to help with a blog post. ;)
5/29/2020 03:57:55 pm
Thanks, Jenny! I was so very pleased. Henry helped make this vision real. :)
6/7/2020 07:55:53 am
Can't tell you how much I love Henry's cape image, but the downtown session and your compositions and balancing ambient and OCF are masterful - I am so jealous of these images. Just fantastic!
6/7/2020 09:46:54 am
Tracy, that's high praise coming from you. Thank you! I can't take credit for the OCF though because there was none. I stink at flash so I waited for the right weather. ;)
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