Calderone's concept is to create a grand portrait of Pittsburgh that
parallels the duality of the city's identity. Implementation of this
entails photographic transparencies digitally scanned into a computer and
made into inkjet prints. These are then arrayed on the dinosaur in a
manner that mirrors the marking and patterns of the animal's skin. From a
distance, the dinosaur appears typical. When an observer gets closer to the
animal, the patterns in the skin become evident as images from the present.
and long-time visitors to the city arrive expecting a relic
mired in its past and are surprised and delighted to find an
intriguing high-tech metropolis. The methodology used in creating
"The Burghosaurus" articulates this connotation of
Pittsburgh's image in three ways: The creative process advances
old technology to new; the public interaction combines latent
presumption with acute observation; and the overall implication
of this interpretation is to transcend perception with actuality.
Like Pittsburgh, this dinosaur has evolved from a dusty fossil
into a brilliant urban warrior.
About the Sponsor
PNC Bank takes a comprehensive approach to helping enrich
the lives of its neighbors and drive economic development
in the regions it serves. Carnegie Museum of Natural History’s
DinoMite Days was a great fit for this strategy—it highlighted
the museum’s outstanding displays, showcased the work
of area artists, and attracted visitors to the core of our
region. PNC Bank was proud to play a role.
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