Main Street's seven foot, $100,000 poodle

The Main Street Poodle is the latest public art installation in the city of Vancouver. Located across the new 3333 Main Street (Main and 17th) development in East Vancouver, the poodle has few scratching their heads in disbelief, while others praising the work.

The biggest topic of discussion is the $97,600 price tag that was paid for by the federal government, TransLink and City of Vancouver. Still, others are confused about the meaning of the work and its relevance to Main Street.

The untitled work, dubbed “Poodle” by area residents, is the creation of Montreal artist Gisele Amantea.

Like any piece of public art, it has become a source of debate. After all, isn’t that what good art is supposed to do?

Amantea was one of three artists selected to participate in a public art program on Main Street called 88 Blocks — Art on Main. The first project for 88 Blocks was A Bright Future by Instant Coffee. Another installation project by artist Germaine Koh is expected to be unveiled on Main Street later this year.