"The Dog from Pompei" (1991)

"The Dog from Pompei," 1991
Cast glass-fiber-reinforced Hydrocal, approximately 21 x 21 x 21 inches each
Installation view at Sprengel Museum, Hannover, Germany, 1995-1996
Replicas made from a mold taken from the famous original "chained dog" plaster cast of a dog smothered in ash from the explosion of Mount Vesuvius, in ancient Pompeii, in 79 A.D. Produced in collaboration with the Museo Vesuviano and the Pompei Tourist Board, Pompei, Italy, and Studio Trisorio, Naples, Italy.
© Allan McCollum
Courtesy the artist

"I couldn’t figure out a way to replicate something old with a copy. It didn’t make sense. How do you make a copy of something and then look at it and think it feels old? It only has the aura of being old."

-Allan McCollum