Back in 2102 I blogged about the sand dog sculpture below. I was genuinely delighted at the ingenuity of the person who was creating a dog from a small bag of sand.
In the years that followed I’ve received numerous enquiries from people about whether these dogs are fake – whether it’s a scam. I wasn’t able to publish all posts as some varied from being vaguely racist to down and outright rude about immigrants. I’ve even had a national radio station make a formal enquiry. Who would have thought that such an innocent subject could cause so much controversy.
Anyway this week I was in Edinburgh and to my delight there was a sand dog sculpture. As you can see from the photo, the dog is only just beginning to be made. It is clearly NOT A FAKE! Furthermore the person who was creating the dog insisted that I didn’t give him a donation but requested that I gave it to a homeless person further down the street. He also let me poke and prod the half-made dog. It was sand all the way through.
Now, to also debunk any more myths. This is February and the temperatures are below freezing. So four hours later I walk past the same place and a different person is now making the sand sculpture. Look closely. The dog is completely different. Different person, different dog, same place. Common sense says that shift work will happen. I hope all involved got a hot cup of coffee.
I hope this ends the debate. I will continue to keep a look out and post photos. Why dogs? My conclusion is that they are the equivalent of snowmen. Everyone builds snowmen from snow. Dogs are easier to sculpt from sand.
Recently I passed a guy in the street. He had a bag of sand, a bottle of water, an old rag and three different sized paint brushes laid out on a piece of material…
Armed with these materials he set about making this sand sculpture. It reminded me, once again, that it’s perfectly possible to make do with only a little sand.
And that it can be an interesting and absorbing medium for children and young people of all ages.
And that you can wrap a little sand up, transport it and use it in any wee space.
What would you create with a bag of sand?
Sand Dog Watch – Update 2017
I was in London, January 2017 and happened to be passing this sand dog. Again, I was allowed to touch it, prod it and so on. It is sand. It is different to the other dogs I have seen. I am yet to find a fake dog.