The loaded dog statue.
The dog was the inspiration of Dr. Andrew Melville-Smith, the principal veterinarian at the Whyalla Veterinary Clinic and was sculpted by world famous sculptor, Andy Scott , in Glasgow Scotland.
The sculpture was made by Andy Scott out of steel to create an iconic sculpture for the Whyalla Veterinary Clinic. The construction technique of welding a mosaic of thousands of small sections of 10 & 12 mm steel rods together is unique to Andy Scott and creates breath takingly different sculptures.
The Loaded Dog statue is based on the dog, Tommy, from Henry Lawson's famous Australian story called The Loaded Dog. The story was chosen because it fulfilled all the specifications for the statue at a veterinary clinic:
Henry Lawson (1867 – 1922), is one of the best-known Australian poets and fiction writers of the colonial period. In the days when poetry recital was a popular pastime, the works of Henry Lawson were distributed far and wide. Regarded as Australia's finest poet, he was a brilliant, sad, lonely man whose biography would bring tears to the most hard-hearted soul. This story, however, will bring tears of a different nature.
Sculptor Andy Scott
This is Andy's fifteenth commission in Australia and the only example of his work in South Australia.
Where is it?
97 McDouall Stuart Avenue
Opposite the Westland Shopping Centre.
Culturally relevant to Whyalla.
Enhance the City of Whyalla as a tourist destination.