A Second Chance at Life

Gary and Travis Fields Vote Code: 52122
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A Second Chance at Life...honoring the human spirit to survive the hardships of life. This project consists of a life-size sculpture of a Tyrannosaurus rex skeleton made up of 75% re-cycled materials with a paper mache clay overlay mounted on a fabricated steel frame and simulated sandstone base. The stone base, which represents the hardships, will have the T-Rex appearing to be pushing himself free of the rubble and represents the power to overcome the obstacles that a hardship can bring. The appearance of white bone, revealed from under a crumbling fossilized bone, signaling that old is making way for new. Subtle shadowing of muted color with warm highlights, signifies the growth of new life itself pulsing through its body. The T-Rex is a symbol of power and strength, displayed in a manner never observed before. Deano as we affectionately call him measures 45 feet long and 23 feet tall at the tip of the tail and represents over 4,000 hrs of work in a year.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 12 feet deep
  • Medium: Paper mache clay overlay on recycled material armatures with colorful graphic art painted on the entire sculpture.
  • Width: 45 feet long
  • Year created: 2012
  • Height: 7 to 23 feet high

Venue & Connection Information

A Second Chance at Life - The T-Rex Project is placed at the Gerald Ford Museum, Kickstarter funding platform for creative projects, was used to get the project going and Second Chance successfully raised its funding goal on March 12, 2012 with 71 amazing people contributing to the future success of our Art project. AutoDie of Grand Rapids, Michigan volunteered to be the Corporate sponsor of this project and has provided the engineering design and fabrication of the support frame and base for this project. It is currently housed at their shop location . Transportation services will be provided by Kirk Warner of KW Express of Belding, Michigan and physical placement by Rick Shults of Rick Shults Excavation, Ionia MI.

Venue Considerations
  • Special Lighting needed: Yes
  • Internet needed: No
  • Indoor Space needed: No
  • Outdoor Space needed: Yes
  • Audio/Video needed: No
  • Electrical needed: Yes

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