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The Drumheller Mail - - FRONT PAGE - Kyle Smylie The Drumheller Mail

Another pre­his­toric res­i­dent moves to Drumheller, as Di­noarts As­so­ci­a­tion re­veals first of two di­nosaur sculp­tures this year.

Drumheller greeted a new mem­ber to its di­nosaur fam­ily with the in­stal­la­tion of an 18-foot tall steel rap­tor on the high­way near the Qual­ity Inn on Satur­day, Au­gust 6.

The brain­child of lo­cal welder Ryan Pen­nock, was cre­ated out of half inch plate steel, cut out us­ing a com­put­er­ized plasma cut­ter and welded to­gether into a 300 lbs. sculp­ture that sits on prime real es­tate near the high­way.

The project was a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Drumheller Di­noarts As­so­ci­a­tion and the Qual­ity Inn, which con­trib­uted to costs of in­stal­la­tion and will be in­stalling lights be­neath the sculp­ture to il­lu­mi­nate it at night.

To­tal cost for the project in­clud­ing in­stal­la­tion was ap­prox­i­mately $10,000, says Di­noarts pres­i­dent, John Shoff.

“The new di­nosaur is a change from the pre­vi­ous years’ di­nosaur de­signs, with a skele­tal de­sign in­stead of a ‘car­toon’ di­nosaur from pre­vi­ous years,” Shoff said.

“Our goal at the Di­noarts As­so­ci­a­tion is to con­tinue to main­tain the older ce­ment di­nosaur sculp­tures around the val­ley, and come up with new and ex­cit­ing ways to show­case Drumheller as the “Di­nosaur Cap­i­tal of the World” by cre­at­ing sculp­tures and art­work that have a di­nosaur theme.”

The as­so­ci­a­tion says this is the first of two new di­nosaurs to be un­veiled this year.

mailphoto by Al­lie Ruck­man

Tyler and Ryan Pen­nock in­tro­duced the lat­est dino- project was a col­lab­o­ra­tion be­tween the Drumhell­saur sculp­ture to Drumheller on Satur­day, Au­gust 6, er Di­noarts As­so­ci­a­tion and the own­ers of the Qual­with the in­stal­la­tion of a 18-foot high and 300 lbs. ity Inn, with a price tag of ap­prox­i­mately $10,000. steel plate di­nosaur in front of the Qual­ity Inn. The

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