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Fiberglass Dinosaurs for Pittsburgh

16 August 2002

Pittsburgh will become Dinoburgh next May when at least 100 decorated fiberglass dinosaurs turn streets, plazas and other locations into Jurassic parks for prehistoric public art.

The outdoor exhibit, dubbed DinoMite Days, was officially announced today by Carnegie Museum of Natural History at a news conference where the first members of Pittsburgh's future "dinosty," a Tyrannosaurus rex and Torosaurus, were unveiled. A yet-to-be revealed Stegosaurus will complete Pittsburgh's dinosaur family. Carnegie Museum of Natural History is coordinating DinoMite Days with major funding from the Laurel Foundation of Pittsburgh.

DinoMite Days will meld individual artistry with dinosaur replicas that are as scientifically accurate as possible. Made of fiberglass., the approximately 200-pound dinosaurs will be designed and manufactured by Research Casting International of Beamsville, Ontario, Canada and adorned or decorated by regional artists. The three types of dinosaurs will be featured in the spring/summer exhibit, which is free to the public and expected to generate "dinotourism" for the region, officials said today.

Each T.rex will be 7 feet tall and 10 feet long; the Torosaurus will measure 4 feet 7 inches high by 10 feet; and the Stegosaurus will be 5 feet .75 inches by 9 feet 5 inches. Research Casting International created the Diplodocus statute that stands outside Carnegie Museum of Natural History, as well as dinosaur replicas for the American Museum of Natural History in New York City and the Canadian Museum of Nature in Ottawa.