Victoria Park Guard Dog

The Victoria Park Guard Dogs

Installed in 1912, the original sculptures stood either side of the gateway into Victoria Park until 2009. Donated by Lady Aignarth, they are copies of a 2nd Century Roman statue of a dog which are still at the British Museum. The dog belonged to Alcibiades, a 5th Century Athenian statesman and friend of Socrates.

In 2011 the severely damaged and heavily vandalised sculptures were replaced by replicas, part of a larger £12m refurbishment of Victoria Park in the run-up to the 2012 Olympics.

Here’s one standing proudly at his post again:

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