32 posts tagged Dinosaurs
32 posts tagged Dinosaurs
Having a pet is a big responsibility and we all want to take care of our pets as well as we can. But it’s challenging to find guidance about caring for some of the more exotic pets, like dinosaurs, for example. Thankfully artist John Conway created The Dinosaur Pet Guide, a handsome and helpful chart of dino care dos and don’ts.
The city of Sapporo on the northern Japanese island of Hokkaido has been hosting the Sapporo Snow Festival since the early 1980s. Each February the city’s streets are decorated with snow and ice sculptures celebrating the beauty of winter. The sculptures range from enormous - grand buildings, temples and monuments, to smaller and more finely-detailed - pop culture characters, animals, and historical figures.
In addition to countless snow and ice sculptures created purely for the love of art and winter, the festival draws competitive sculptors from all over the world for annual competitions that take place in different sites around the city.
"The event has set several World Records, including the audience-participatory construction of the most snowmen ever made in one place (over 10,000 – a record which still stands). The next installment, now the 65th Sapporo Snow Festival, will be held this February 5th through 11th in 2014."
We just learned about another awesome artist who makes things that look like other things. Brett Kern is an artist and teacher based in Elkins, West Virginia who created a wonderful series of ceramic sculptures that look exactly like inflatable dinosaurs, astronauts, and balloons.
Visit Brett Kern’s website to view more of his bright and playful artwork.
We just learned about a wonderful new addition to the Department of Awesome Parenting. It’s a family tradition, called Dinovember, created by writer Refe Tuma and his wife. Every night in November, after their children have gone to bed, the pair set about creating a new scene involving their children’s dinosaur toys which makes it appear as though the tiny dinos came to life overnight and had all sorts of mischievous fun. They cook, paint, pretend to be knights and dragons, take other toys hostage, and play the kids’ boardgames. They’ve even teepeed the bathroom.
Tuma explains, “In the age of iPads and Netflix, we don’t want our kids to lose their sense of wonder and imagination. In a time when the answers to all the world’s questions are a web-search away, we want our kids to experience a little mystery. All it takes is some time and energy, creativity, and a few plastic dinosaurs. Childhood is fleeting, so let’s make sure it’s fun while it lasts.”
The photos you see here are just a small sampling of this delightful project. Follow each new installment of Dinovember over on Facebook.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Redditor Proteon shared the top photo of an awesome triceratops made of illuminated jack-o’-lanterns. According to subsequent comments on the Reddit post, the fantastic beast is part of The Great Jack o’Lantern Blaze at Van Cortlandt Manor in Croton, New York. A little sleuthing revealed that this radiant dino was actually part of last year’s event.
The 2013 Great Jack o’Lantern Blaze is still going on through November 1st and then again from November 8th to the 11th. If you’re in the New York, New Jersey, Connecticut tri-state area, there are over 5,000 hand-carved jack-o’-lanterns waiting for you. Click here to learn more.
Second photo via Tom Nycz Photography
Every autumn in Japan, following the annual rice harvest, lots of rice straw is left behind to be hung and dried. While that straw is traditionally used to thatch roofs, some people team up to use it and the same thatching technique to construct awesome straw sculptures over wooden frames.
The subjects vary from giant animals of all sorts, fantastic beasts, vehicles, and even a great big Maneki-neko. Entire straw art festivals have risen up around this activity. The most famous of which take place in Kagawa Prefecture and Niigata Prefecture.
Visit Kotaku for complete photo credits and to view more amazing Japanese straw sculptures.
Behold the Triceracopter and Stegowagenvolkssaurus. These two awesome fiberglass sculptures were created in the 1970s by the late Cincinnati-based sculptor Patricia Renick.
The Stegowagenvolkssaurus is such a wonderful combination of a stegosaurus a Volkswagen Beetle, that we wish it was actually available as a mode of transportation. Who wouldn’t want to go to work in a dinocar?
The 12 x 20 foot creature currently stands on display in the library at Northern Kentucky University. When speaking about the work, Renick said, “I wanted viewers to enter a space that resonated as a natural history museum. I wanted them to feel as if they were seeing an unknown but plausible species.”
The Triceracopter combines a triceratopr with a US Army Hughes OH-6 Cayuse helicopter. It was created by Renick in 1977 as a response to the Vietman War.
She stated, “I did not see the work as a celebration, but as a cautionary tale, an expression of hope for the end of war.” In 2011, this unique species finally found a home in University of Cincinnati’s Langsam Library.
[via My Modern Metropolis]
Unexpected cake or donuts are great, but nothing breaks up a boring day at the office quite like being chased by a ferocious velociraptor. This video clip from Japanese TV shows an unsuspecting office worker who just happened to be walking down the hall when he was pranked by a man wearing an awesome animatronic dinosaur costume. It must be stressful enough worrying about Kaiju attacks, let alone savage dinosaurs in the workplace.
And then it happened again. Click here to watch the second video.
[via Laughing Squid]
This awesome Tyrannosaurus rex sculpture was created by South Dakota-based cowboy and artist John Lopez using scrap automobile and machine parts. Entitled Heavy Metal Sue, she’s half the size of a real T. rex and was created in honour of "Sue", the largest, most extensive and best preserved T. rex specimen ever found.
Heavy Metal Sue is located in the town of Faith, South Dakota, which is where the real “Sue” was discovered back in 1990.
[via Obvious Winner]
We just found the next addition to the interior decor here at Geyser of Awesome headquarters. Scott Dow of ANIMALISTIC Chainsaw Carving Studio in Corry, Pennsylvania created this completely awesome Tyrannosaurus rex sculpture.
There is something exceptionally wonderful about such a ferocious wooden dinosaur being carved with a freaking chainsaw. You could pretend that the sounds of the chainsaw were being made by the T. rex.
Head over to the ANIMALISTIC website to view many more of Scott Dows awesome chainsaw-carved sculptures.
Photo by Redditor RHCP4Life