Yoshitomo Nara

Doggy Radio


Cult-favorite Japanese artist Yoshitomo Nara’s iconic lonesome puppy has taken on many forms throughout his work, from larger than life statue to magical storybook character. Having confessed dark memories of a real-life abandonment of his own childhood pup, Nara’s dog interpretations are said to represent the ideal of a permanent companion, stable and eternal, if not somewhat menacing to behold. Now, in collaboration with MoMA, Nara has released a replication of his iconic sculpture reincarnated into an interactive radio, which responds to the same actions as a real-life pet: touch his chin to turn him on, pet his chin to change the volume, and so on. Only 3000 of these collector pieces were produced, with only 1000 available in the US—a rare breed indeed.