The Drumheller DinoArts Association was pleased to have 3 new dinosaur statues installed in downtown Drumheller on July 10, 2019. The addition of these dinosaurs brings the collection back up to 32, as two dinosaurs were damaged beyond repair near the end of August 2018 and two other dinosaurs were deemed irreparable due to simple deterioration in the spring of 2019.
After hearing about the damage to two dinosaurs last fall, local business Dinosaur Valley Studios reached out to the DinoArts Association to discuss options to build new structures. The two organizations began working on designs and determining the locations, and in October DinoArts held an "Ultimate Pieing Championship" fundraiser to help fund the project. Paint was donated by Westview Co-op through their Communities in Full Color program, and volunteers from the Royal Tyrrell Museum assisted DinoArts members in painting the dinosaurs.
Finally, the Town of Drumheller Public Works staff were a great help in preparing the sites for the structures, delivering and installing them. DinoArts enjoyed working with many local organizations on this project, and the Drumheller and District Chamber of Commerce is pleased to provide both financial and administrative support to DinoArts.
On June 17 a new mural purchased by DinoArts was installed on the exterior of Aagaard's Upholstery, to replace the current one that had been deterioating for a number of years. Typically the DinoArts Association completes one dinosaur-focused project per year, so 2019 has already been a busy one for this local group. Visit dinoarts.ca for the DinoArts dinosaurs map and more information on our Ultimate Pieing Championship fundraiser.