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15 Karat Big Dog Ranch All American Rescue Flag

Artist’s Statement

Over the years, it has been important to me to keep the American Dream Alive. The American Flag symbolizing Freedom, Strength, Hope and so much more is a constant source of my creative inspiration. When Big Dog Ranch Rescue asked me to create an All American Rescue Flag for the Denim Diamonds and Dogs Gala, the parallels became clear what direction I would take for this one-of a-kind rescue flag.

For over 15 years, Big Dog Ranch has been a source of giving to dogs in need of a friend and a home. The original vision of Lauree Simmons has been the guiding light. Lauree and her entire team along with each individual who has adopted a dog share that All American spirt of giving back to those in need.

As a mixed media artist, I search for what’s lost, forgotten or abandoned. My entire creative life has been devoted to my own theory of “Forgotten Beauty Found.” Constantly looking for ways to repurpose objects, give them a new life and a new voice is the foundation for each work. The All American Rescue Flag is in itself a rebirth.

Our flags may grow old, become tattered and torn from their service, yet they come alive in new ways to lead us again in hope. The elements in the 15K All American Rescue Flag each have a relationship to Big Dog Ranch Rescue. 15 Karats of rough diamonds have been placed throughout the flag. Symbolizing how precious each animal life is and the love and attention needed to polish the rough stone, these diamonds, like the ranch dogs, come alive and sparkle. Once forgotten, they are now found to live again. 

What could be more All American than denim? Denim symbolizes the American work ethic. From factories to farms to even a gala, denim is the fabric of our dreams. Used as the canvas, the washed our denim serves as the stability that holds the rescue flag in place as it starts it new journey. Our American Rescue Flag, “Old Glory,” a stand along flag who has weathered the years. Not to be forgotten, this American Flag has stood the test of time. Seeing this flag, my heart went out to it. I knew it was in need of a new home and a new life. It was my turn to make a difference. As I feel with each flag I rescue from an uncertain future, I feel the deep symbolism as each time someone from Big Dog Ranch comes upon a lost, abandoned or forgotten dog. Looking at each flag I see the past. I also see the future. Flags wave in the wind as a sign of the American Dream and all that is possible. Dogs wag their tails when they feel love and hope of a new friend. Thank each and everyone who contributes to Big Dog Ranch Rescue, you embrace the All American Spirit of Giving and providing a new life to our friends in need.

Let Freedom shine bright as we celebrate the All American spirit of Big Dog RanchRescue.
Christopher “CR” Obetz

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