We’ve all been there—that moment when you realize you’ve stepped into a pile of dog poop left on the sidewalk by some thoughtful dog owner. It doesn’t exactly make for the best morning. And now one artist is on a mission to remind dog owners that they need to pick up after their pets.
New York City currently fines up to $250 per incident for dog owners caught not scooping, but that doesn’t seem to be enough. Jang Cho, who is a graphic designer for an advertising agency in Manhattan, has taken Queens by storm. He’s reminding owners—or at least providing a bright warning sign for passerby—to pick up by stenciling an image of a toilet that reads “No Poop” around piles he sights around the neighborhood.
“Every day I see poop, everywhere I look,” he said to NBC 4 New York. He’s tired of it.
The stencil is created using temporary spray chalk that washes off over time. He also takes photos of the poop and creates “Found” signs that he posts around the neighborhood. They even ask “owners” to call or e-mail him if the lost poop belongs to their pet. So far, he’s taken more than 100 photos.
As he gains recognition for his deeds, Jang is getting calls from people in other boroughs besides Queens, asking him to bring his work there. “I’m going to Brooklyn next. I’ve been getting lots of calls,” he says.
“It’s almost like a public service,” says one grateful pedestrian, who feels the signs have helped him avoid ruining another pair of good shoes.