ABOVE: One of the larger dinosaurs currently on display at W.T. Bland Library.
They are so lifelike, you may have to look twice. Thanks to the talent and generosity of a Mount Dora-based company, a new dinosaur exhibit was recently installed in the lobby of the city’s W.T. Bland Library.
The nearly 30 realistic prehistoric models were created by Planet Earth Sculpture. The precise features of the reproductions, like their colorful fur and feathers, were vetted for their accuracy by academics in the field and museum curators. Most of the animals included in the exhibit are 2 to 3 feet tall and a handful measure 5 to 6 feet. The pieces were designed to be a travelling exhibit for participating museums. The local company’s owners, Keith Strasser and Lyn Joyce, are allowing the library to exhibit the reproductions through February. Planet Earth Sculptures has other work displayed in the Smithsonian Institution and natural history museums throughout the U.S. In addition to the models, the exhibit also features educational posters about dinosaurs and plaques near the animals that clearly identify them. One young boy could be heard exclaiming, “I love dinosaurs!” as he excitedly entered the lobby.
“I think we will receive a ton of visitors, as his [Strasser’s] animals reflect the newest science regarding dinosaurs, in that many likely had feathers and fur,” said Cathy Lunday, Library Manager at W.T. Bland Library. The library is located at 1995 N. Donnelly Street. The Friends of the Library sponsored the exhibit that is open during the library’s regular hours.
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