For Immediate Release

Sophie Nassif 412.456.3472
sophie.nassif@ketchum.com

 
May 15, 2003

FACT SHEET

DinoMite DaysSM

  • DinoMite Days is a community-wide effort to create an outdoor, prehistoric public art exhibit of Jurassic proportions starting May 29 through September, 2003.
  • One hundred fiberglass dinosaurs will color the cultural landscape of the region, celebrate the talents of regional artists and cultivate funding for nonprofit organizations.
  • DinoMite Days is an attraction for anyone who loves natural history, dinosaurs or art. It is expected to boost tourism and have a significant economic impact on the Pittsburgh region.
  • On October 18, 2003, Carnegie Museum of Natural History will host a gala event at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center to auction off the DinoMite Days dinosaurs. A "Community Day" will occur the following day, providing the public a chance to visit all of the dinosaurs one last time in one location before they find their way to their new homes.
  • Visit www.dinomitedays.org to learn more about the dinosaurs, artists and the locations where the dinosaurs will be installed throughout the city as well as various children's activities. A "Dino Map" will be available on this Web site to help the public find their way to see each dinosaur site.
DinoMite Dinosaurs
  • Dinosaurs were selected because of Carnegie Museum of Natural History's outstanding dinosaur collection, which has the third largest repository of dinosaur fossils and contains one of the world's greatest collections of publicly displayed dinosaur skeletons.
  • Artists and sponsaurs have chosen from three different dinosaur types:
    • Tyrannosaurus rex - stands seven feet tall, ten feet long and weighs 200 pounds.
    • Torosaurus - stands nearly five and a half feet tall, ten feet long and weighs 200 pounds.
    • Stegosaurus - stands nearly five and a half feet tall, ten feet long and weighs 200 pounds.
  • Research Casting International of Ontario, Canada, designed and manufactured the dinosaurs.
  • Many dinosaurs are being created in an artist warehouse, located in Monroeville, PA or at the artists' own studios.
DinoMite Artists
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History received 330 artist applications from all over the country.
  • The youngest artist selected to participate is Alexander Overby, a 14-year-old high school freshman from Pittsburgh.
  • A jury committee of art professionals, educators and critics approved 100 of the strongest and most creative dinosaur designs.
  • Approved artists live throughout the country, including New York, Maryland, Kentucky, New Mexico and right here in Pittsburgh.
"Sponsaurships"
  • Each dinosaur is funded by a sponsaur - individuals, corporations, schools and foundations.
  • Sponsaurs selected a dinosaur from a portfolio of approved designs or commissioned an artist to create a design.
  • Each dinosaur will be accompanied by a plaque indicating its creator and sponsaur.
  • Sponsaurs designate which nonprofit, 501(c) 3 charity will receive 50 percent of the bid money after the auction on October 18, 2003, while the remaining proceeds will be used to expand the museum's dinosaur exhibitions.
Carnegie Museums of Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh is one of the top five cities to visit with families (FamilyFun Magazine).
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History was recently named the "Sixth Best Place in the World to See Dinosaurs" (Discovery.com).
  • The collection and exhibition of fossil vertebrates at Carnegie Museum of Natural History dates back to the museum's grand opening in 1895.
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History's fossil collections include approximately 103,000 specimens.
  • The first T. rex ever discovered (1902) is on display at Carnegie Museum of Natural History.
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History is one of the top five natural history museums in the United States.
  • Carnegie Museum of Natural History is the world's third largest repository of dinosaur fossils and contains one of the world's greatest collections of publicly displayed dinosaur skeletons.
  • Carnegie Science Center is one of the top five museums for families in the nation (FamilyFun Magazine).
  • Pittsburgh ranked fourth as one of the top 25 arts destinations in the country (AmericanStyle Magazine).
  • More than 360,000 people, reached through targeted cultural promotions, have visited the region. Over the past three years they contributed approximately $42 million in direct spending at local businesses.

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