Is it a bird? Is it a plane? No, it’s a super Snowdog.
Schoolgirl Matilda Maddison, nine, is celebrating after her Superman-inspired competition entry netted her school a giant Snowdog sculpture.
St Mary’s Primary School, near Barnes, will decorate the sculpture as part of a North East-wide Great North Snowdogs arts sculpture trail which will see more than 100 dogs in place throughout the region.
Year 4 pupil Matilda won the prize for her school after entering a competition in Primary Times Magazine.
Matilda said: “My mum spotted the competition in Primary Times Magazine, and I decided to enter straight away.
“My dog is a Superman dog, with special powers. He is colourful and fun and I can’t wait to paint him for real. I couldn’t believe it when I heard I had won. I was so happy and now all my class are too.”
The St Mary’s dog will join a trail of 100 other school sculptures, as well as about 50 large-scale dogs decorated by artists and sponsored by local businesses.
Jan Stewart, editor and publisher of Primary Times North East, added: “When we decided to become schools sponsor for the Great North Snowdogs, it was in part to recognise our partnership with local schools.
“We couldn’t have imagined the response it would stimulate, nor the level of artistic talent amongst local children.
“It was hard to pick our winner, but Matilda’s design really took the lead.
“The Snowdogs Trail is about engaging the local community in something which is exciting, creative and above all a celebration of local talent.
“We are looking forward to seeing our large Snowdog on display in Sunderland City Centre, and to publishing the Little Trail Map in our September issue – showing how to find the litters of little dogs across the region.”
Mrs Oliver, Year 4 teacher at St Mary’s, said: “We are so proud of Matilda, and delighted she has won a Snowdog for our school. Her design is fabulous, so we can’t wait to get started painting it.
“My class are going to be doing the painting, but we hope to get the whole school involved in different ways.”
Great North Snowdogs, inspired by the animated short film, The Snowman™ and The Snowdog, is a large-scale public art event featuring the Snowdog character which aims to capture the region’s imagination with a 10-week arts trail in the run up to Christmas 2016.
The sculptures will be painted by well-known and emerging artists, and people will be able to follow a trail map and dedicated app to visit the dogs.
The project, which is being run in conjunction with Wild in Art, will raise funds for St Oswald’s Hospice, which provides short breaks and respite for children with incurable conditions from across the region.
At the end of the 10 weeks the dogs will be auctioned off for the charity.
More details on the locations will be released closer to the time.
Any schools and businesses who want to get involved can visit www.greatnorthsnowdogs.co.uk or call Tel. 246 9123