Patti Page asked “How Much is That Doggie in the Window?” Good question. Not especially relevant here, but my choice for the soundtrack for this Very quirky South Berkeley yard.
Let’s start with Doggie Diner.
It was a restaurant chain that flourished and then didn’t flourish between 1949 and 1986. It is a focus of nostalgic popular culture historians. The diners featured large doggie heads, which are the object of collectors of large vernacular culture. John Law lives a couple miles southeast of Harper Street, and he has three, but they aren’t always around.
Wanna see one? Go to 3026 Harper. Look over the driveway gate:
Pretty cool, no? My friend, this is just the proverbial tip of the proverbial iceberg.
This is plainly and simply the Dachshund house. That’s it – dachshunds everywhere. Hard to spell. Impossible to miss. OMG. Eni Green has been collecting dachshunds and dachshunds art for years. Fifteen years ago she ventured into large-scale stuff, as in Doggie Diner heads etc. She adds when she finds. Amazing! Read this about her, check out these photos, and then go see yourself.
Green’s collection is astonishing. And she shared it with the street! She has a number of dachshunds, real flesh and blood, long hair short hair wire hair, miniature and full. She walks them. They bolt from the house when given a chance. Sometimes you see her and her dogs.
But the real life dogs aren’t the attraction here. They are her muses, but the big old crazy sculptures are the art. Wow! You can guess what my little friend said when he saw this place –