Built by Patricia Renick in 1977 this interesting sculpture combines a dinosaur triceratops with half a U.S. Army OH6A/Cayuse helicopter. It was first shown in his solo exhibition at Cincinnati’s Contemporary Arts Center in 1977. The whole sculpture is built on the frame of the Vietnam era Cayuse helicopter using fibreglass.
I had an idea for a sculpture bearing on the aftermath of the Vietnam War. Although I didn’t have a commission or promise of a show, I thought the idea might be timely for the 1976 U.S. Bicentennial. I did not see the work as a celebration, but as a cautionary tale, an expression of hope for the end of war. War is a dichotomy. It seduces the dream-self through heroic fantasy while threatening the physical self with extinction.
The Triceracopter is now available for acquisition by a qualified museum, institution or individual if you’re interested. The sculpture measures 13 x 10 x 30 ft.
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