Artist: Marla Ripperda
Dimensions: 4′ H x 14″ circumference on a 14″ square metal base
Materials: Mixed media- Automotive body resin, MagicSculpt over expanded metal lath and styrofoam on a concrete ball
Interview with Sculptor Marla Ripperda, November 2018:
Q: Why did you create this piece?
A: I originally made a four sculpture temporary indoor installation for the Georgetown Public Library’s children’s area based on the “Hey, Diddle Diddle” nursery rhyme. There was a little dog dancing on a ball and this whimsical cat standing on a ball fiddling. The longhorn cow jumping over the moon and the dish running away with the spoon remain in the reading corner of the library. “The Little Dog Laughed” and “Cat & Fiddle” we’re reworked in materials that could be outside.
Q: Where else has this piece been since you created it?
A: As an outdoor piece it has been to Round Rock, Marble Falls and Bee Cave Sculpture Park.
Q: What would you like the viewer to take way from the piece?
A: A smile, and perhaps a bit of a nostalgia for childhood, imagination and playfulness.