When considering all the many, many different possible dinosaur
designs, an idea based on a play on the word "dinosaur"
popped into Paul Farinacci's head — DINERsaur. He loved
the idea of using this prehistoric creature to represent an
old vintage diner, the kind made of lots of stainless steel.
This eatery symbolizes a nostalgic look back, a piece of Americana,
while its steel structure celebrates Pittsburgh and Andrew
Carnegie's great history as a steel empire.
also liked the idea of using an image of a living being to
represent an inanimate object. The dehumanization and mechanization
of man in the modern age of technology is an issue he deals
with often in his artwork.
of DINERsaur involves real and fabricated components from
a diner. Four vintage red and silver stainless seats, retro
red and white canopy and tableware help create the setting.
The counter and stainless structure are attached to the back
of the dinosaur form. The black signs listing the food offerings
are from an old diner and adhered to the steel housing. The
dinosaur form is painted black, white and silver, transforming
it into the DINERsaur.