Fourteen-year-old Alexander Overby's creation addresses the
intriguing questions on how dinosaurs looked and what they
mean to us. We have bones and fossils to interpret dinosaurs,
but we still have to use our imaginations to fill in the blanks.
these notions, Overby employed a technique that resulted in
two contrasting, detailed, and colorful layers of painted
skin, one of which is revealed in a spiral pattern under the
other. These layers symbolize the possible "looks"
dinosaurs may have had and they reflect the importance of
imagination, not just for artists, but also for scientists.
in a base coat chosen to represent fire, and with a stylized
tail designed to resemble a meteor, we are reminded of what
has been surmised to be the fiery demise of the dinosaurs.
Small, stenciled words added to the work challenge viewers
to stretch their thinking to deeper levels.