Brooklyn artist Tom Otterness replies to outcry, seeks forgiveness in dog killing 

Brooklyn artist Tom Otterness has found himself once again answering for killing a dog on film and calling it art back in 1977.

Otterness was unable to be reached for comment for the article in the San Francisco Examiner’s Friday edition about the incident and concerns it raised from those in the community after he was awarded a $750,000 contract to provide art for the Central Subway. 

City officials who approved the contract said they were unaware of the dog killing.

Late Friday, Otterness emailed a statement to the reporter which follows:



“I appreciate your mentioning my many previous apologies. As I have said, what I did is indefensible. It was a terrible mistake, born out of the deep despair I was feeling at that time of my life (I was 25 years old). I have spent the 34 years since then living with my mistake, and trying to bring joy into the world through my public art. I am deeply honored to have had my work chosen for the San Francisco subway and I hope that seeing the work might help people forgive me for my horrible mistake many years ago.”

jsabatini@sfexaminer.com

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