Tom Otterness

(American, born 1952)

Tom Otterness is a Brooklyn-based sculptor known for his cartoonish animals and imaginary characters. The sculptures are often grouped together into small scenes and visual stories.

Otterness’s artworks are installed in public spaces around the world, including several playgrounds. In the United States, you may have seen his sculptures at the Cleveland Public Library, New York City subway stations (14th Street and 8th Avenue), New York Botanical Garden, Phoenix Convention Center, Saint John the Divine Cathedral in New York City, San Francisco General Hospital, Wichita Art Museum, and more. They are in the collections of the Museum of Modern Art (MOMA), the Whitney Museum of American Art, and the Guggenheim Museum, among many others.