16 January 2016

Liberty by Burton Morris

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The dinosaurs from the Carnegie Museum’s DinoMite Days were all adopted and moved to their new homes years ago. A handful remain scattered around the city in public places and those are the ones we’ve included in this website.

Liberty is actually an indoor dinosaur, but you can see it through the window of the Senator John Heinz History Center.

You may recognize the style on this dinosaur. You’ve no doubt seen Mr Morris’s work many, many times. He’s the artist that does so many national and international event logos and signs in addition to his other art. I was in New Zealand during the World Cup finals and immediately recognized his work on banners all over the city. A pop–culture artist often compared to Andy Warhol because of his way of portraying everyday items in his own, distinct way, he uses bold colors with sharp, simple images. He’s also a native Pittsburgher if you didn’t know. Just one more reason to love him!

The Senator John Heinz History Center folks were kind enough to allow us to photograph Liberty from inside (the photo above), but from out on the sidewalk you can still see it pretty well.

Liberty is in a glassed–in corner of the building, so you can view it from two sides through the windows.

These next two dinos are also at Heinz History Center, but they aren’t what we can honestly categorize as public art because you need to purchase a ticket and go inside to see them. We could ignore them for that reason, but we decided to compromise. They don’t get their own marker on the map or separate write ups, but the photos are included here. For someone that really wants to see these dinosaurs, we’re letting them know that they can do it for a price.

On the second floor as soon as you come out of the elevators you’ll see Lost Pittsburgh. It was made by Shirley Yee and students at the Art Institute of Pittsburgh – who dubbed her Lola. She’s a collage of newspaper stories about significant events and people in the region.



Continue up to the third floor and look left as you exit the elevators and you’ see George Washasaurus in the French and Indian War by Barbara Anderson.

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