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Sophie Nassif

Artistic Flair Advances at Arthur Ashe Stadium
Fiberglass Dinosaur Sculpture is the Off-Court Favorite

PITTSBURGH, August 28, 2003 - Watch out for the top-seeded dinosaur! A tennis star of a dramatically different stature is making its "DinoMite" debut at the 2003 US Open. A 250-pound Stegosaurus dinosaur art sculpture is serving up a splash of prehistoric panache for tennis enthusiasts.

Standing five-feet high and nine-feet long inside Arthur Ashe Stadium, the Stegosaurus themed Tennisaurus, is on-serve for adults and children interested in art, dinosaurs, tennis and science history. The US Open's official dinosaur is one of 100 decorated, scientifically accurate dinosaurs that are adorning the parks, plazas and streets of Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania for DinoMite DaysSM — a public art exhibit organized by Carnegie Museum of Natural History.

"Tennisaurus has become one of the stars of this year's US Open," said USTA Chairman of the Board and President Alan Schwartz. "It's not only a fanciful piece of art, but a great conversation piece. Most important, we plan to have it signed by some of the most recognizable legends of our game such as Billie Jean King and Ken Rosewall. It will be auctioned with proceeds benefiting the Carnegie Museum of Natural History's "Dinosaur Hall," and the USTA Tennis & Education Foundation, to help ensure that the benefits of sport and education never become extinct."

Doubles Match-Up
Tennis enthusiasts and mother-daughter artists, Nellie Lou Slagle and Susie Perelman, teamed up to create a DinoMite Days original for the 2003 US Open. Emerging on the courts of New York, Tennisaurus is decked out with official tennis racquets, shoes, balls and a net. The spikes along the dinosaur's spine also are lined with tennis court terrain. The Steg will be on display inside the main entrance of Arthur Ashe throughout the tournament before advancing to the next round — a gala auction in Pittsburgh to raise funds for non-profit organizations.

"As an artist, I have worked with tennis and sports motifs, however, this was my first project combining a three-dimensional dinosaur with one of the world's largest sports attractions," said Susie Perelman, artist and chairperson of DinoMite Days. "This sculpture combines the world's timeless fascination of dinosaurs with the game of tennis in a new and colorful light, offering players a platform to show a fun side of their nature."

DinoMite Days brings the wonders of dinosaurs, art and science to life in ways never seen before. The free, outdoor exhibit in Pittsburgh features three types of 200 to 500-pound fiberglass dinosaurs that have been meticulously decorated by artists and students. Visitors to Pittsburgh encounter DinoMite Days dinosaurs in public plazas, parks, and on sidewalks.

Tennisaurus will be part of the dinosaur auction on October 18, 2003, at a black-tie gala event in Pittsburgh. Each dinosaur will be auctioned off at the event or online and half of the proceeds will benefit the expansion of Carnegie Museum of Natural History's "Dinosaur Hall," and the "sponsaur" of each dinosaur will select a nonprofit organization to receive the remaining proceeds from the auctioned dinosaur. Information about how to buy a dinosaur, site locations and additional details about DinoMIte Days is available at

About Carnegie Museum of Natural History
Founded in 1895, Carnegie Museum of Natural History of Pittsburgh ranks among the six largest natural history museums in the United States, with more than 20 million specimens, objects and artifacts. The museum is the world's third-largest repository of dinosaur fossils and contains one of the world's greatest collections of publicly displayed dinosaur skeletons, as well as one of the foremost collections of gems and minerals. The museum is a distinguished research institution and a dynamic, family-friendly destination.

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