Due to popular demand, the North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences has extended the world premiere of Dinosaurs in Motion  through Thursday, September 12. Dinosaurs in Motion features 14 magnificent, life-size dinosaur sculptures inspired by actual fossils and made with recycled metal. Visitors can manipulate each dinosaur via lever-and-pulley systems or remote controls in this brand new exhibition that fuses art with science. The story of the artist, North Carolina sculptor John Payne, also runs through the heart of the exhibition. Payne was a trained metalsmith with a passion for learning and discovery. A detailed look at his process, from sketches and sculptures to biomechanics and robotics, leads visitors to walk away with Payne’s inspiring message: “If you can dream it, you can do it.”
And the results are in! The Museum’s summertime Dinosaur Illustration contest for kids brought in hundreds of entries. Kids ages 2-18 were asked to create their best and most realistic version of a dinosaur in its natural habitat. Drawings were judged on scientific accuracy and artistic ability by a panel that included Museum paleontologists Lindsay Zanno and Paul Brinkman, Museum graphic artist Lori Belk, and NC State University biological illustration professor Jennifer Landin. And the winners are:
- Alyosha Netrebko (Cary), 1st place, 8 and under, for “Giganotosaurus in the Jungle”
- Aliza Schrage (Raleigh), 2nd place, 8 and under, for “Midnight Snack”
- Shelby Elder (Fayetteville), 1st place, 9-13, for “Velociraptor Pack”
- Jessie Johnson (Clayton), 2nd place, 9-13, for “Timid Triceratops”
- Lydia Johnson (Clayton), 1st place, 14-18, for “The Hunt”
- Gillian Griffiths (Raleigh), 2nd place (tie), 14-18, for “Prehistoric Marsh”
- Alexander Altenkirch (Raleigh), 2nd place (tie), 14-18, for “Troodon”
Winners will receive gift certificates from the Museum Store, and their winning entries (along with 10 Honorable Mentions) will be displayed in the Museum Store window August 26 through October 13 and online at naturalsciences.org/dinosketch .
Dinosaurs in Motion is open Monday-Saturday from 10am to 5pm and Sunday noon to 5pm (last entry at 4pm). The exhibition is also open late (last entry at 7pm) on First Fridays and every Thursday, offering discounted adult admission. Tickets are available to purchase from the Museum Box Office (919-707-9950) and online at naturalsciences.org/specialexhibits . Prices: Free for Members; $10 for Adults; $6 for Children (3-12); $8 for Students, Seniors (65+) and Military. Dinosaurs in Motion is produced by Imagine Exhibitions Inc.
The North Carolina Museum of Natural Sciences in downtown Raleigh documents and interprets the natural history of the state through exhibits, research, collections, publications and educational programming. Hours: Mon.-Sat., 9am-5pm, and Sun. 12-5pm. General admission is free. Visit the Museum online at www.naturalsciences.org . The Museum is an agency of the N.C. Department of Environment and Natural Resources, John E. Skvarla III, Secretary.