A giant Tyrannosaurus Rex sculpture sits atop the platform of Compagnie des Bateaux-Mouches by the Seine River in Paris, France. Created by sculptor Philippe Pasqua, the 4-meter-tall and 7-meter-long structure is composed of 350 molded bones, constructed in the likeness of those discovered in China. The colossal dinosaur skeleton is designed as an accurate depiction of the skeletal assemblage with a silvery finish.
The chromed aluminum figure was requested by Charlotte Bruel-Matovic, the daughter of the founder of Bateaux-Mouches, in an effort to support and promote contemporary art along the river. The inclusion of the T-rex along the waterway is already an intriguing spectacle. It’s size and unexpected placement in the area adds a new and ironic sense of life. The piece may even prove to be a great tourist attraction over time with hoards of visitors wanting to angle their cameras in such a way that it looks like the skeletal dinosaur is about to consume the Eiffel Tower.
Top photo credit: Anthony GELOT