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.”