April 15th, 2011 4:18 pm | by BEN WATERHOUSE Arts & Books |

Eyesore of the Week: Eeargh!

That's a big bear.

Terrifying sculpture at Sniff
This terrifying creature, welded from various bits of metal castoffs, stands outside the front door of Sniff Dog Hotel on Northwest Raleigh Street.

Sniff, where your pup can stay in a 70 square-foot, climate-controlled penthouse with a TV and "skylights with city views" for $75/night and receive a $16 "paw-dicure," is, with that lime green and brown paint scheme, something of an eyesore in its own right. The sculpture, though, is both ugly and baffling.

Who thought it was a good idea to greet dogs about to undergo traumatic separation from their owners with a giant cat-bear? Furthermore, why does the cat-bear require traffic cones? Did someone really trip over the feet of a 12-foot statue? How does anything about this sculpture say "luxury dog hotel and spa?"

Bonus amusement: Sniff has its own cafe and bar (I know, right?). However:

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