by Max Brantley
This sculpture of a labrador retriever poised to leap into water to retrieve a downed water fowl no longer sits in its original spot close to the Peabody Hotel in the Riverfront Park sculpture garden.
It has been relocated farther away, below a retaining wall, and out of sight of the hotel.
Mark Webre, deputy parks director for the city of Little Rock, confirms a tip we received that some art lovers had interpreted the work differently than the artist intended.
"The Peabody Hotel and a lot of people who were doing wedding parties down there thought the dog was doing something else," Webre said. "Labrador guys with dogs who retrieve were all really impressed and inspired by that sculpture. But those who didn't understand the retrieving aspects of a labrador saw it another way."