UEA has built a 10ft statue of Cloud Dog in the Students’ Union
Over the last few years, UEA has boasted a legendary campus mascot who could regularly be seen all over campus. The one, the only: Cloud Dog.
She is a Norwich icon, and gained so much fame that she was voted BNOC of the year in 2015, and has her own Facebook page with over 1,000 likes. Now she has been given her own statue.
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
After the first few days of voting, the SU was giving away free food, free entry to clubs, and they even convinced the Vice-Chancellor to Dab.
Perhaps the most important incentive for us all was a promise to have a statue of our beloved dog put up in the SU if over 2,000 votes were cast.
— uea|su (@UnionUEA) March 16, 2017
This, for obvious reasons, got UEA students voting like mad
With 3,669 voters, it was a record turnout.
— 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
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
Obviously, some people weren’t too happy with the SU’s art skills
Others compared it to that weird chicken that went viral lately