Andrew Klein and Mark Baugh-Sasaki are a team of artists/students
currently studying at Carnegie-Mellon University. As a collaborative
effort the two transformed the blank vessel into a metaphor
for the process of renewal that is the focus of our city's
social planning efforts at the dawn of the new century.
approach the vessel supplied, we see a metaphor between the
physical dinosaur and the city of Pittsburgh, which as its
era of industry fades has become sort of a
dinosaur itself. The dinosaur (with 3 horns like our 3 rivers)
is divided through coloration as a city fractured by a lack
of identity for the future. Encasing the animal is steel scaffolding
which mimics as well the fossil structure of the animal and
again references the industries of our city.
dynamic part of the installation will be our form of renewal.
Since the Torosaurus will be living outside, growing
from the front half to the back half will be ivy that will
take over the framework and transform the sculpture. It will
cross the two halves via a bridge constructed as part of the
framework which will be nearly identical to those on the north
shore, and will represent the closure of this social effort
as the ivy slowly crosses it.