Life and death contrast and morph in the design of this Torosaurus.
In one interpretation, the hope created by colorful blooms
overcomes the skeletal despair of death as a dinosaur is pulled
back from extinction and given a second chance. In another
interpretation, "Dino-Morphosis" is a study of one
dinosaur’s transformation from living creature to fossilized
bones. From the front, the Torosaurus
blooms with bright flowers and verdant vines, but look at
a leg and see the conversion in progress. Each piece of this
dino skeleton is a single bone, hand-forged from an 18-gauge
flat section of steel.
Frazee is an artisan who works with metals, wood, plastic
and glass. His dinosaur welds together the old and the new,
the past and the present. No matter which way you interpret
its dichotomy, "Dino-Morphosis" symbolizes the
past, when dinosaurs flourished as vibrant creatures, and
now, when their fossilized bones amaze and enlighten us.
The Spence and Griffin Families are proud to recognize the
contribution Carnegie Museums make to our community. Our families,
Toran, Alexander, Stephanie and Bill Spence; Sean, Marian,
and Dan Griffin along with our businesses, Coal Valley Corporation,
Spence Communications, and the Downtown Athletic Club of Pittsburgh
salute their efforts!