• Ken Park

Mayor Rick Kriseman Unveils Southeastern Guide Dogs Sculpture

St. Petersburg Mayor Rick Kriseman reveals the first dog sculpture, "Saint Pete," sponsored by the city of St. Petersburg and painted by Geff Strik.Kriseman's family has helped raise puppies for Southeastern Guide Dogs.

The "Saint Pete" sculpture was painted by Strik with inspiration from city's Russian roots (the city was founded by Russian immigrant Peter Demens, who named the city after his birthplace, St. Petersburg, Russia). Strik carried over elements from Fabergé eggs, which were first created in Russia.

Southeastern Guide Dogs is a Palmetto-based organization that breeds and trains guide dogs, service dogs and companion dogs for people living with significant challenges, including those with visual impairments and veterans with disabilities.