T.rex Tuesday Finds a Halloween Art Surprise

For T.rex Tuesday this week, we’re taking a week off of the science for a little more Halloween fun. As we have previously mentioned, T.rRT World HQ has relocated to Cañon City, CO, just south of the Garden Park fossil area, and smack dab in the middle of Dinosaur Country. And our new community has embraced its part in paleontological history with a series of often whimsical sculptures around town.

The Dino Daze public art project features five different types of dinosaurs, spread out around town. The first installation in 2017 featured 11 different sculptures, while the 2018 edition had ten, including the tennis shoe-clad “T.rex” that probably will always count as the closest of my subject matter to home. Though the city has maps to find all of them, I prefer to stumble across them by accident as I explore my new surroundings.

Such was the case the other day, when I found the one featured in the below photo, outside of the Cañon City Fire Department station on the northeast side of town. Like the others, their T.rex sculpture features the long-disproven upright “kangaroo” posture. Normally, I’d gripe. But not today. It’s all in the name of fun, and my recent discovery is decked out in firefighting garb to fit in with his new surroundings, which I appreciate. It may not be a Halloween costume, but I like it just the same. Happy halloween, friends, and thanks for reading. We’ll be back to more serious stuff next month!

The Cañon City Fire Department’s Dino Daze T.rex displays the classically incorrect upright stance, but that just helps him don his firefighting gear just a little easier.

The Cañon City Fire Department’s Dino Daze T.rex displays the classically incorrect upright stance, but that just helps him don his firefighting gear just a little easier.