The design represents a realistically detailed T. rex,
which transforms into coal. A reflective pool of black paint,
representing oil, surrounds its feet and tail. The faceted,
refracting surfaces of the coal bring to mind Cubism. As a
visual metaphor, the design works on many levels. It could
represent the ultimate fate of the dinosaurs relative to their
contribution to the creation of fossil fuels like coal and
oil. Another interpretation could be how the Pittsburgh economy
is fiercely reborn out of its coal/coke/steel-based economy.
As always, the viewer completes the work.
realistic surface of the T. rex, starting at the top,
is painted in acrylics; as you proceed downward the color
is blended into coal dust, and the coal becomes more granular
until at the base there are large pieces of coal covering
and somewhat obscuring the structure of the sculpture. At
the base, black acrylic paint has been poured ala Jackson
Pollock, creating the appearance of a wet, shining pool of
PNC Bank takes a comprehensive approach to helping enrich
the lives of its neighbors and drive economic development
in the regions it serves. Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s
DinoMite Days was a great fit for this strategy—it highlighted
the museum’s outstanding displays, showcased the work
of area artists, and attracted visitors to the core of our
region. PNC Bank was proud to play a role.