Fredosaurus Rex Friday XIII , Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Posted by: sherpes
N 40° 26.826 W 079° 56.694
17T E 589473 N 4477917
Quick Description: Depicting Mr Rogers, the television program for children
Location: Pennsylvania, United States
Date Posted: 9/30/2008 4:44:03 PM
Waymark Code: WM4V83
Holding two puppets, donning tennis shoes, his characteristic sweater, a tie, and a trolley on its tail, this dino statue references the children television program host Mr Rogers, who worked many years in the public television station on whom property this statue is located. Titled "Fredosaurus Rex Friday XIII" and made by Karen Howell. Replicas can be purchased for $24.95 at (visit link
[from roadsideamerica website]
An eight-foot-tall statue of a Tyrannosaurus rex dressed as Mr. Rogers has arrived at the Pittsburgh, PA television studio where Rogers taped his show for over 30 years.
The statue, wearing slacks, a red cardigan, a rumpled shirt and necktie, and blue sneakers, is named "Fredosaurus Rex." Clutched in its claws are the puppets Henrietta Pussycat and King Friday XIII. A small trolley from Mr. Rogers' Neighborhood can be seen driving up his tail.
Fredosaurus is a rare example of something good coming out of the awful public art statue auction movement, where communities buy bulk statues of cows or clowns, give them to local artists for modification, then place them outside of area businesses. The statues -- those that survive, anyway -- are collected months later and auctioned off to support a local charity.
Fredosaurus was a product of Pittsburgh's "Dinomite Days" several years ago, and stood in front of a downtown mall. It was then shipped to Latrobe, Pennsylvania, Fred Rogers' boyhood home. Now it will stand permanently outside of WQED. [12/31/2006]