"Ain't Gonna Roam No More" and "Abby" (pictured)
Doug Makemson grew up out in the country of Rockford, Illinois and Commerce, Georgia.
His childhood playground was the woods, fields, streams and lakes surrounding his
home. That is where he developed a fascination with animals. He loved their infinite
variety of form, their movements, and their inner life. Simultaneously Makemson
has always been a collector of interesting pieces of metal or parts of machines.
He would weld his metal treasures together to explore their shapes. Makemson found
an artistic niche when he combined those two interests into creating whimsical and
playful animal sculptures out of found metal and old machinery. And since dogs,
especially, have always played a major role in his life the Art Program commissioned
Makemson to create "Abby" and "Ain't Gonna Roam No More" for the Airport's Dog Park.
Both of the sculptures were based on dogs Makemson knew personally, so these two
lovable art pieces commemorate some of Makemson's friends while celebrating the
four-legged companions that travel with their humans to Hartsfield-Jackson. Doug
Makemson still lives and works in Commerce, Georgia. Visit makemsonsculpture.com
for more information about him.
The model for "Abby" was my beloved yellow lab, Abby, who was always willing to
strike a pose. She had a full life and, a few weeks after the sculpture was completed,
had a mercifully rapid demise. She was the world's best dog; I miss her. The sculpture
is made mostly from parts of a back hoe and a bulldozer, and the stone is Gneiss
(granite) from an old quarry near Glade, Georgia. For me, "Abby" the sculpture will
always make me remember Abby the dog, the most loyal friend I ever had.
-Doug Makemson, 2009
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