Annual Downtown Public Art event to feature K-9 Heroes


Press Release from Downtown Racine Corporation

The Downtown Racine Corporation is excited to announce that the 17th annual Downtown Public Art event will feature K-9 Heroes of Racine County. This year, there will be 25 life-size dogs total displayed throughout downtown all summer long.  14 dog sculptures will be 41” tall replicas of the K-9s that serve all of Racine County and 11 will be 30” German Shepherds in a sitting pose, in which the artists will have full creative reins.

“Our K9’s have a strong presence in Racine County and a strong following by the community.  We are honored that our dogs have been chosen as representatives for Downtown Racine’s Public Art project this year,” stated Deputy Drewitz of the Racine County Sheriff’s Office.

The 14 K-9s being replicated include:

Burlington Police:

Zander – Officer Beamgardt

Caledonia Police:

Louie – Officer Radke

Mt. Pleasant Police:

Brutus – Officer Knierim

Ares – Sgt. Giese

Racine County Sheriff’s Office:

Friday – Deputy Drewitz

Nox – Deputy Clemens

Nitro – Deputy Ruffalo

Murphy – Deputy Fisher

Racine Police:

Dozer – Officer Melby

Titan – Officer Arvai

Hax – Officer Rybarik

Odin and Dixie – Officer Beal

Sturtevant Police

Rhea – Officer Purtee

The 14 Racine County actual K-9s and their handlers will be interacting with the community all summer long at various downtown events including the Public Art Preview Party June 9th at 10am at Johnson Bank, Saturday Sounds on the Square, every Saturday June 23-Sept 1 on Monument Square (a different K-9 and handler will be featured each week), and the Public Art Auction on Sat., Sept 9th from 5pm-10pm at Wingspread.

ARTISTS WANTED: Would you like to be involved with this much-loved community event? Submit an application for consideration to become one of our chosen artists. Visit: for artist application.

If you are a business that would like to be a sponsor of one of the dogs, please contact