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Dinosaur Bob is on loan from Wade, who lives in Austin and has created other outdoor sculptures that have become landmarks in different cities. He said it wouldn't take much to clean and repaint Bob and the car. He's hoping Abilene officials will buy it.
During that time, Dinosaur Bob's green paint and the car's orange paint faded and wore away. Both the dinosaur and Volkswagen are splattered with bird excrement.
After a year, however, The Grace asked to extend Bob's stay because it tied into a temporary exhibit on dinosaurs, Abrigg said. Bob's stay turned into multiple years.
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City officials have heard from several residents saying they also want to save Bob. They also have heard from a few people who say the sculpture is inappropriate for a historical building. The book tells the tale of how a dinosaur learns to live with a human family after initial awkwardness. Joyce, whose book ''Santa Calls'' inspired the creation of National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature (NCCIL), has donated art to the gallery.
''We think it's probably time for it to find a happy new home,'' he said. ''It's a wonderful piece of Abilene history, but it has more to do with the NCCIL and their works of that particular artist.''
the cultural affairs council, said a structural engineer will examine the sculpture to determine whether it is positioned safely, what its condition is and whether it can be moved. She's not sure where Bob would move to, but she would like to keep it prominently displayed on North 1st Street.
The NCCIL's director, Suzanne McKeon, has said there is talk of starting a William Joyce gallery downtown to showcase his work and that Dinosaur Bob should be part of that.
The Grace's executive director, Dennis Kois, said he isn't going to fight to keep Bob.
''I don't know why someone would pick on something extinct,'' Barnett said of the complaint about Bob, noting he has a smile painted on his face.
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Abrigg said he could not name the person who made the complaint.
''It's supposed to look precarious,'' said the artist, Bob ''Daddy O'' Wade. ''It's constructed with steel work that goes from the base of the dinosaur to the car and back and all that kind of rigging to where this thing would not go anywhere, ever. To move it, you would have to take it apart.''
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Barnett said a price for the sculpture has not been set. Wade figures he spent more than $5,000 creating the sculpture, made of steel covered in high density foam.
Abrigg, manager of the city's Office of Neighborhood Services. Two tires of the car the dinosaur is ''eating'' hang over the side of The Grace's garage.
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Landmarks Commission, Abrigg said. He said the sculpture also would need to be refurbished.
The sculpture was created for the 20th annual Outdoor Jimmy Choo Gold Glitter Trainers Sculpture Exhibit in 2000, a project that was overseen by the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council. The council's Outdoor Sculpture Committee received permission from The Grace to put Dinosaur Bob on its garage and secured a one year permit from the city for it to be on display.
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