Mario constructs street’s top dog

Artist Mario Drutca working on his dog made out of sand. Picture By FRANK REID
Artist Mario Drutca working on his dog made out of sand. Picture By FRANK REID

AN ARTY Romanian got plenty of attention as he conjured up a sand sculpture.

Mario Drutca, 29, turned up outside of Middleton Grange Shopping Centre with a tub of sand and a lot of imagination.

He crafted a dog out of the grains for passing shoppers to admire in the spring sunshine.

Mario, who works in catering and as an electrician and was visiting a friend in the town, said: “It all takes time. Something like this can take an hour and a half.

“Some people like it and I enjoy doing it. I’ve done it since I was a child.

“Now I work from memory mainly. I do crocodiles and lions, they can take three hours.”