Tuesday, January 19, 2010

Triceracopter

Triceracopter now available for acquisition by a qualified museum, institution or individual.

In 1977, a sculptor named Patricia Renick unveiled a piece called Triceracopter: Hope for the Obsolescence of War at Cincinnati's Contemporary Arts Center. It is literally the body of a decommissioned helicopter melded with a fiberglass Triceratops head and limbs.

The meaning of the piece is pretty clear - it plays off the durable old conception of dinosaurs as failed monstrosities, the most outlandish critters on the evolutionary discard pile. A bit on the nose, and while I disagree with dinosaurs being saddled with this reputation - no group of animals who dominated terrestrial ecosystems for 120,000,000 years has much to apologize for - you can't fault the craftsmanship. And the melding of organic and inorganic, animal and machine, is always arresting. Triceracopter would look pretty imposing in my front yard. If I had the dough, I might even buy it, as it's been on the market for about a year.

Lots of info on the piece and its creator on-line. Here's a 1978 Cincinnati Magazine article about the piece. Triceracopter also has its very own Facebook page and Flickr stream. Oh, and it has a sister named Stegowagenvolkssaurus. Renick, who passed away three years ago, was interviewed in 2003 by Sculpture Magazine. Finally, here's a post about her life's work at a blog called Terrible Tiramisu.

Triceracopter now available for acquisition by a qualified museum, institution or individual.

3 comments:

  1. Of course these days we know better! If Transformers and Zoids have taught me anything, it's that robot Dinosaurs and other extinct animals combined with high-tech weapons will make up the military backbone of our war-torn future! Oh Patricia Renick, could you possibly have been more wrong?

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  2. Good point! Now we know what they're building at Area 51...

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