Leighton Denny designs Snow Dog for North East charity art project

Session nail tech and beauty brand owner Leighton Denny has designed a sculpture based on popular children’s film The Snowman and the Snowdog as part of the Great North Snowdogs trail.

Denny, who owns an eponymous nail polish brand as well as the Sunbelievable tanning line, designed one of the 61 large sculptures that form the public art project.

The 1.5m high sculptures follow the route of the Tyne and Wear Metro in a fundraising initiative for Newcastle-based St Oswald’s Children’s Hospice. They can be seen from now until November 29.

Actor Joanna Lumley and celebrity hairdresser Lee Stafford were among the other well-known people asked to design Snowdogs.   

Denny used his late rescue dog Rhino as the inspiration for his Snowdog, Rhino The Rescue, at Marine Park South, South Shields. “Rhino was a pitbull cross and when I got him from a rescue centre in LA he’d clearly had a very hard time,” said Denny. “He came into my life when I really needed a friend and, for all he was a rescue dog, in fact he rescued me – he was my superhero and that’s what inspired my design.”

Rhino The Rescue and the other Snowdogs will be auctioned on behalf of the charity in December.