Friday, March 18, 2011

Teessaurus Park

Waterhouse Hawkins' dinosaurs are perhaps the most famous dinosaur sculptures in England. The Ultrasaurus that visited Portsmouth last year might be the most infamous. Less famous are the metal statues of Teessaurus Park, located on the River Tees in Middlesbrough. The sculptures were built during the last two decades of the last century by the government's Youth and Employment Training Scheme, and resemble those popular balsa wood model kits we've all put together at some point.

The BBC writes:
Sadly the park is a less popular attraction now than it once was, as its condition has deteriorated. The sculptures are all sprayed with graffitti, and the gardens are overgrown and filled with litter.
So, probably not at the top of your to-do list, unless you happen to be skipping around North Yorkshire with some time on your hands. Photos follow!

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Teessaurus Park, Middlesbrough
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By the time most of you read this I'll be touring the collections of the Field Museum, so I'm afraid there will be no Mesozoic Miscellany today. Next Friday's edition will be chockablock with scrumptious links, rest assured.

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