Big Love - CODAworx

Client: San Mateo County Animal Shelter

Location: San Mateo, CA, United States

Completion date: 2021

Artwork budget: $100,000

Project Team


Gordon Huether

Gordon Huether + Partners, Inc.


San Mateo County

San Mateo County


Inspired by the compassion of the individuals who adopt lost and homeless animals, as well as by the love and joy a rescued pet brings to their new household, Gordon’s literal representation of a “big heart” adds a layer of humanity and whimsy to the shelter’s environment. Big Love welcomes guests immediately by putting a smile on their faces while reinforcing the identity, purpose, and values of the San Mateo County Animal Shelter.


The purpose of this installation is to greet and welcome guests to the shelter, adding to the aesthetic of the shelter and allowing them a cheerful moment of pause before taking home a new furry family member.