Bird/dogs Photo

Chris Morrey





Columbia City Hall interior, third floor, main elevator lobby
701 East Broadway, Columbia, MO

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Chris Morrey’s sculptures on the third floor of city hall shift the viewer’s perspective, literally and metaphorically. The intricate figures of dogs, cast in bronze using a variety of ornamental forms, bring an unexpected playfulness to an otherwise businesslike environment. Visitors who follow the dogs’ gaze will discover a bird tucked into the ceiling recess. This message, noticing where the attention of the others is focused, is key to Morrey’s installation, as is demonstrating the connection of human beings to nature. The sculptures were commissioned as part of a Percent for Art project which supports the placement of works by local artists throughout the interior of the new city hall.