|"Chadwick Cougar": driftwood creation by local artist Alex Witcombe|
I saw the first of these on the shore three years ago; a dinosaur taller than I am, dubbed (now I know; then I didn't) "Sheila the Velociraptor". There was no sign, no indication of who had made her, no signature anywhere. The artist wasn't advertising.
Later on, a raccoon appeared beside the highway. He's still there, and local wits dress him up, add hats, and for Canada Day, a flag. There's a harbour seal, an owl, a fox family which I still haven't seen.
And a couple of weeks ago, Chadwick Cougar appeared on Tyee Spit. I found him on a quick walkabout. He's life size, made entirely of driftwood (and screws), dabbed with paint in a cougar colour.
The artist lives in Courtenay, just south of here, and has a Facebook page, where more of his creations can be seen, along with a map. Most of them are close by, although he has a couple in Victoria, and another couple halfway up (from here) towards the northern tip of the island. I must go and see the Sasquatch over on Quadra Island.