A Limited-Edition Golden Retriever & French Poodle Sculpture by Laurel Peterson Gregory

Dimensions:

11.25″h × 14″w × 9.5″d
Edition of 18

This is Rise and Shine. I wanted to capture a classic 1950s modern dance move, and I didn’t have to look farther than one of my favorite films, An American in Paris, with Gene Kelly and Leslie Caron.

That whole dance era is full of a buoyant optimism that I wanted to characterize in bronze. And I asked myself, if Gene Kelly were a dog, what breed would he be? A Golden Retriever came to mind right away—strong, heartful, the perfect companion. As far as Leslie Caron was concerned, that was a no-brainer. She had to be a beautiful French poodle.