Introduction: Roundabout Dogs

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This may be old news but yesterday I read about the roundabout dog street installations for the first time. 

"The phenomenon consists of anonymous people placing homemade dog sculptures, typically made of wood (or sometimes plastic, metal or textile) in roundabouts (traffic circles)."

The thought of it made me laugh; I like silly things like this that make people smile.

Mine took about 11 minutes to make and seemed to be the best fun that I have had all week.

They can be as complex as you wish but mine is so simple that it barely needs an instructable, but here goes.. . 

Step 1: Tools + Parts

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Axe + pallet wood + crowbar.

I chopped up some bits of pallet and kept the nails.

Step 2: Legs + Body

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um. . .  nail on some legs.

Step 3: Head + Ears . . . Genoux Et Orteils

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Step 4: Eyes and Nose

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Beer caps for eyes and a whisky cap for a nose.

Step 5: Finished

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Draw on some teeth; spray on some markings and place on a roundabout.

Step 6: UPDATE.

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It's nearly three years later and it's still there, although it did move slightly.

It's Christmas Eve 2012 and I've just modified this idea to make a last minute present.

Today a guy in my area saw me carrying the new dog and asked if I had anything to do with the roundabout dog.

He told me that every time he passed it he said to himself, " I'm going to have that."

One day he said he saw it lying in the road and when he picked it up he thought " No, this is wrong; It belongs here."
and he re-positioned it.

People are funny.


Tess1960 (author)2012-06-22

I will be making scrap dogs with some cubs outs soon. Who knows where they may end up. Great idea and recycling too.

Kiteman (author)2011-02-03

Cool. I'd never heard of roundabout dogs before.

Is it still there?

FriendOfHumanity (author)Kiteman2011-02-03

One day and counting . . .

1 year ten days and counting.

Biggsy (author)FriendOfHumanity2011-02-04

In chester, we have these mad bicicles on the roundabouts... I think I may make a Dog and position it nearby!

ChrysN (author)FriendOfHumanity2011-02-03

What a fun thing to do. Do people leave them be or does the city or other people remove them?

The Papier Boy (author)2011-07-01

We have a roundabout in our town. I am going to make one. Thanks for the inspiration.

l8nite (author)2011-02-03

art for the sake of art, I like it ! We don't have many "roundabouts" here in the states, locally they are only on secondary roads and in neighborhoods but there are plenty of traffic islands that could stand a bit of whimsical decoration. Thank you for bringing it to attention and providing pics

sharzz (author)2011-05-19

Love this!

ilpug (author)2011-04-26

this is great... ive never heard of it before. now for the obvious question: what about roundabout-other-animals?

j-bar03 (author)2011-02-05

Fabby! This would cheer up many a bus shelter, brow of a hill, foyer - you've inspired me!

WileECoyote (author)2011-02-03

I love this. Simple and fun. I've got some scrap wood, I think I may make one.

Please put up a photo if you make a roundabout dog.

jpeg (author)FriendOfHumanity2011-02-03

I just made one! I never heard about it but it looked (and was) really nice to make.

I'll take a picture soon :)

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