A public art event of Jurassic proportions, DinoMite Days celebrates Pittsburgh's international reputation for scientific excellence while showcasing emerging and established artists. The decorated dinosaurs are installed throughout the greater Pittsburgh region, and are free to the public for viewing, learning, and enjoyment. Posted at each location will be the name of the artist, the name of the work of art, and the name of the "sponsaur."
Dinosaurs were selected for the Pittsburgh exhibit because of Carnegie Museum of Natural History's outstanding dinosaur collection, which has the third largest repository of dinosaur fossils and contains one of the world's greatest collections of publicly displayed dinosaur skeletons. Artists and sponsaurs have chosen from three different dinosaur types, manufactured by Research Casting International of Ontario, Canada:
- Tyrannosaurus rex - stands seven feet tall, ten feet long and weighs 200 pounds.
- Torosaurus - stands nearly five and a half feet tall, ten feet long and weighs 200 pounds.
- Stegosaurus - stands nearly five and a half feet tall, ten feet long and weighs 200 pounds.
The majority of the 200-pound fiberglass Dinomite Days dinosaurs have been installed throughout the Pittsburgh area as far from downtown as the South Hills and Monroeville. The dinosaurs will remain on display through the summer when they will be prepared for the gala Dinomite Days auction on October 18, 2003 at the David L. Lawrence Convention Center. Each of the dinosaurs will be auctioned off at the event or online and the proceeds will benefit both the expansion of the museums Dinosaur Hall as well as a charity of the sponsaurs choice.