VIDEO: Donny dinosaur Clare gets new home

A Doncaster dinosaur called Clare has found a new home - in Cambridge.

The sculpture of the tyrannosaurus rex has been unveiled after a year of puzzling over her future.

The metal artwork was created by Doncaster sculptor Ian Curran and was the spectacular centrepiece of last summer’s Clare College May Ball where students decided on a primordial theme.

However, after the celebrations were over, there were debates over what to do with the T-Rex but now she has found a new home at the Sedgwick Museum of Earth Sciences in the famed university city.

The morning after the party, the model was trundled through the centre of Cambridge and has spent the winter in storage before being placed outside the world’s oldest geological museum.

Mr Curran said: “It’s tremendous to see one of my sculptures in such a prestigious location.

“I’m thrilled that the Sedgewick Museum has her on display where she will be seen by so many more families.

“Normally my work is displayed on my front lawn for the benefit of local children and the grandparents who bring them, so a wider audience is an absolute thrill.”

Sedgwick Museum director, Ken McNamara said: “The sculpture will add to the excitement experienced by visitors as they arrive to see our unique collection.

“It includes thousands of fossils, including dinosaur remains and a life-size Iguanodon.”

The model is a half-size artistic representation of the iconic T-rex, a species which lived 66-68 million years ago. It was one of the globe’s fiercest ever creatures and has secured its place in history as a firm favouirte among dinosaur fans, the species making a name for itself in Hollywood director Steven Spielberg’s Jurassic Park films trilogy.

It was created by Mr Curran in his Doncaster workshop and travelled down the A1 to Cambridge on the back of a lorry ahead of the Clare College ball.

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