A university has literally built a 10ft statue of a deceased dog in the Students’ Union
Yesterday a university erected a 10ft statue of a dog in the Students’ Union as a prize for students voting in the annual elections.
University of East Anglia Students’ Union stuck to their promise of putting up a statue of ‘Cloud Dog’, a legendary campus pooch who was frequently seen being walked around campus, if over 1,500 people turned out to vote.
The statue was one of many incentives for students to vote, alongside free entry to SU nights and free food.
The figure is not only a prize for voting in the election, but doubles up as a shrine honouring Cloud Dog, as to campus horror, she died from arthritis in October.
So, who is this prized pooch?
The university boasted a legendary campus mascot who could regularly be seen all over campus. The one and only Cloud Dog
She is a Norwich icon, and gained so much fame that she was voted BNOC of the year in 2015
Cloud Dog even has her own Facebook page with over 1,000 likes
However, this story isn’t all rainbows and smiles, as tragically, Cloud Dog passed away last October
She had sadly been suffering from arthritis for a while, and was mourned by everyone on UEA campus
cloud dog has died and nothing in the world matters anymore
— blueberry (@punk_kinsoup) October 9, 2016
UEA cloud dog has died ????????
— kim (@xkimpalmer) October 8, 2016
Added to that cloud dog has died, is there any reason to carry on now or…?
— J.F.B. (@J_Bradnum) October 9, 2016
But this March, the SU needed a way to get students to vote in the upcoming Union elections, so provided prize incentives
— uea|su (@UnionUEA) March 16, 2017
This, for obvious reasons, got UEA students voting like mad, with a record 3,669 people voting in the polls
— Lee (@leeoliverbrown) March 16, 2017
@_canndo Cloud dog means cloud dog
— Olivia Belton (@OliviaBelton) March 16, 2017
And the SU actually kept their word
Construction beginning for the cloud dog statue ? pic.twitter.com/uJ8M6CSmZo
— Joe Zilch (@team_zilch) March 17, 2017
And here it is, in all its glory, erected in UEA’s Students’ Union for all to see, all 10ft of it
Most people are bloody loving it
@megbrowne2 don't know how to feel about this… ?
— georgia♡ (@GeorgiaHolmes_x) March 17, 2017
campus memorial of beloved local dog "cloud dog", rip pic.twitter.com/vF016PPxjB
— charlie rae mephsen (@char_meth) March 23, 2017
Although some compared it to that weird chicken that went viral lately