9:40 AM EDT, August 6, 2010
NEW YORK (WPIX)
A Manhattan artist is using his talents to take aim at one New York's great, disgusting annoyances – dog owners who don't pick up after their pooches.
Jay Shells has installed three 28-square-foot paintings in the city that depict a dog doing its business with the message: "Clean Up After Your Dog!" And to help people comply, Shells has attached free biodegradable bags to the artwork.
Shells, who gained attention earlier this year with a guerilla art project aimed a subway etiquette, says he got the idea for the project after yelling (unsuccessfully) at a woman who did nothing after her dog soiled a sidewalk near his apartment.
"Shaming people into doesn't work," Shells told PIX 11 News. "so [I thought] I'd give them a subtle reminder, or not-so subtle reminder. You should use it. Pick it up. Nobody wants to step in it."
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