Friday, August 21, 2009

Dinosaur sculpture raises safety concerns.

WEST DUNDEE, Ill., April 1 (UPI) -- Officials in West Dundee, Ill., worry a shiny dinosaur statue that's part of an art promotion will become a traffic and child-safety hazard, a report said.

The 8-foot triceratops is to be put at a busy intersection in the suburb northwest of Chicago, but village trustees are concerned the glare could cause traffic accidents and the sculpture would be too slippery for children to climb.

"We want to make sure it doesn't become an attractive nuisance" village Manager Joe Cavallaro told the Chicago Tribune.

So the village board asked backers of the Sculpture Under the Sky promotion to come to Monday's meeting to allay their liability concerns.

Batavia, Ill., artist Francis Joseph Gagnepain IV says the sculpture will have no handholds and be too slippery to climb, but says the glare "could be a problem."

"If they want, I could always put on a matte finish," Gagnepain told the newspaper.

Source Citation:"Dinosaur sculpture raises safety concerns." UPI NewsTrack (April 1, 2006): NA. InfoTrac Criminal Justice eCollection. Gale. BROWARD COUNTY LIBRARY. 21 Aug. 2009

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