WSP.2002.005

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Dino%20sculpture%20in%20the%20Windsor%20Sculpture%20Park

Dino%20sculpture%20in%20the%20Windsor%20Sculpture%20Park

Details

ID Number

WSP.2002.005

Category

Communication Artifact

Sub-category

Art

Item Name

sculpture

Title

Dino

Date

1932

Materials

FIBERGLASS; METAL

Description

Sinclair station Dino; circa 1932; fiberglass and metal armature With friendly eyes and a smile, this fiberglass interpretation of a brachiosaurus stands soundly on all four feet with its long neck turning slightly as if to look over its shoulder. This item has been repainted from its original Sinclair green.

History

At the Chicago World's Fair of 1933-1934, Sinclair sponsored a dinosaur exhibit meant to point out the putative correlation between the formation of petroleum deposits and the Age of Dinosaurs. The exhibit included a two-ton animated model of a brontosaurus. The exhibit proved so popular it inspired a promotional line of rubber brontosaurs at Sinclair stations, complete with wiggling heads and tails, and the eventual inclusion of the brontosaur logo. Sinclair first used the brontosaurus (apatosaurus) in its advertising, sales promotions, and product labels in 1930, and registered "Dino" as a Sinclair trademark in 1932. In 1964, Sinclair displayed an exhibit featuring nine life-sized dinosaurs at the New York City World’s Fair. Dino is located in Assumption Park between Huron Church Rd and Patricia Rd.

Collection Name

Windsor Sculpture Park

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