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Batavia cityscape home to colorful canine sculptures

The Batavia landscape welcomes back bulldog sculptures exhibited throughout the city by BEI Properties.
The Batavia landscape welcomes back bulldog sculptures exhibited throughout the city by BEI Properties.

BATAVIA – Warm weather sees the return of the BEI Properties bulldogs in an outdoor display of nine handcrafted pups at its sites across Batavia.

They provide a fun incentive to take a public art stroll. The bulldogs stand guard on corners, entrances and along scenic routes, part of past Bulldogs Unleashed charitable campaigns in the city, supporting the Batavia Public Library, Batavia Parks Foundation and Batavia Foundation for Educational Excellence, a news release stated.

“BEI Properties has been one of the biggest supporters since the first year, growing their bulldog pack to nine dogs that are placed in front of their buildings every spring for the community to enjoy,” the release stated.

One can look for the bulldogs at the Windmill Office Center at the entrance of the BEI office building; by Drendel & Jansons Law Group; outside Water Street Studios; and at Tower Business Center at Water and First streets, home to the night in shining armor pup.

“A Tail of Two Cities” bulldog, painted by Dana Parisi, celebrates the 2017 acquisition of Miscella Real Estate by BEI Properties. The piece includes the signature purple of Miscella and is at the corner of First and Shumway.

On West Wilson Street, two more dogs are perched on their own pedestals at the entrance of the Batavia Chamber of Commerce.

The one on the left is in patriotic splendor, sporting stars, stripes and, of course, fireworks, a nod to the annual July 4 extravaganza.

The one on the right is in full uniform, supporting Marmion Academy in Aurora.

BEI Properties is a locally owned property management, development and commercial real estate firm, with properties from the TriCities to Elburn, Sugar Grove, West Chicago and Rockford.

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