4 November, 2020
Winton's Dinosaurs now cast in bronze
AUSTRALIAN Age of Dinosaurs Museum (AAOD) has welcomed the arrival of 13 life-size bronze dinosaur models at The Jump-Up near Winton, and will be prominently feature in an upcoming exhibition for the Outback tourist attraction.
Digitally sculpted by palaeo-artist Travis Tischler,
the models, two of which are long-necked sauropod dinosaurs, were in production
for nearly 12 months and were cast at a foundry in Thailand.
The largest sauropod, 17m long and four metres high, was too large to transport in a standard shipping container and had to be transported from Thailand to Townsville with its neck and tail removed.
Other models in the collection include a 10 metre-long sub-adult sauropod, emu-sized ornithopod dinosaurs, and chicken-sized carnivorous theropods.
Due to their immense size the models were lifted by crane and placed at Dinosaur Canyon, the home of AAOD’s newest exhibition, March of the Titanosaurs.
Centred on a newly-discovered 60 metre-long sauropod trackway now being relocated from a property west of Winton, March of the Titanosaurs will feature the preserved dinosaur tracks inside a 900sqm solar-powered building at Dinosaur Canyon.
March of the Titanosaurs will form part of AAOD’s Dynamic Destination project, an upcoming attraction funded through the Queensland Government’s $25 million Growing Tourism Infrastructure fund.
Chairman of AAOD, David Elliott OAM (pictured below), said the safe arrival of the bronze models, and the thought of visitors being able to stand next to the dinosaurs that created the trackways, was very exciting.
“The logistics in getting these models built and transported all the way to Winton from Thailand has been very intense, so having them finally arrive without a scratch is a huge relief,” Mr Elliott said.
“The sauropod models are based on the bones of Diamantinasaurus that were discovered near Winton about 15 years ago.
“The models are massive and incredibly detailed. They will be a significant drawcard for tourism in the region well into the future.”
The Dynamic Destination project is due for completion by mid-2021.