The big red dog you see above isn't Clifford, but a giant shepherd sculpture that watches over a tiny Dutch village. Named Max, the gargantuan dog was designed by Florentijn Hofman, and has been guarding the Dutch community of Leens since 2003. Made from locally sourced scrap materials and covered in bright red shrinking foil, this larger-than-life canine is now part of the local cultural heritage.
Measuring 40 x 26 x 82 feet high, Max doesn’t go unnoticed within the Dutch countryside. He is now a landmark making a bright, strong statement and looking after the farmers’ village of Leens, in the Groningen province. Kids climb on Max and older people have their photographs taken with the over-sized red canine.
Max was mainly built from locally sourced, low-impact materials like potatoes crates, pallets, wood, straw, rope and metal wire (to hold everything together). He was then wrapped up using bright red shrinking foil to protect the natural materials from rain and lift up spirits within the coldest months. Check out other fantastic large-scale sculptures by Florentijn Hofman, at the designer’s website or here at Inhabitat.
Photos © Florentijn Hofman