Call for ‘Stoney’ dolphin ban wins no support

The dolphin is one of three similar sculptures that can be found along Stonehaven's beachfront.

The dolphin is one of three similar sculptures that can be found along Stonehaven's beachfront.

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A suggestion that a sculpture on Stonehaven’s boardwalk is being damaged by people putting stones inside it has been rejected by locals.

A resident of the town contacted the Leader this week to complain that the practice of putting stones inside the dolphin sculpture was causing damage, and he called for a plaque to be erected asking passersby to refrain from doing so.

But after we asked for readers comments on the suggestion, it soon became clear that the man was in the minority.

Lindsay Ross had this to say about the issue: “It may be damaging, I’m no structural engineer. But, perhaps the salt water may be at least as damaging? If you want to keep something pristine, put it in a museum. The joy of outsider art, which I assume these works are, is there are no rules detailing how to enjoy it.”

Amanda Malcolm added: “My daughter pops a stone in every time we pass the dolphin and seal. She loves it.”

Sheena Braidwood said: “Putting pebbles in the dolphin makes it interactive for the children who enjoy playing with it and climbing on it.

‘‘I have yet to see any damage.”

Pamela Dobbie, from the Horizon project, commented: “I happen to think it is very beautiful. As a member of the team who put it there and constructed the seating, it makes me smile every time I walk past. As for the children filling it and the seal with stones, well it makes it interactive and fun! Sometimes we in Horizon take the stones out of the seal so they can fill it up all over again!”