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Birch sculpture, Lancaster, UK, 8 August, 2004

This sculpture at the corner of Brock Street and Thurnham Street, Lancaster, UK commemorates the birthplace, two hundred years and a fortnight ago, of Sir Richard Owen, founder of the Natural History Museum, London and inventor of the word 'dinosaur'.

When I first saw it, I was a little disappointed that the dinosaur had just been dumped in the middle of a flower bed, but according to a brief article in The Citizen, that's part of the display, "depicting a dinosaur eating in a land before humans arrived"

The display was installed on the site of Owen's house this week, but it was originally created for the Royal Horticultural Society flower show at Tatton Park, Cheshire a few weeks ago, where it won the silver prize for the City Council in a competition between 24 local authority flower beds. It then visited the Royal Lancashire Show in Ribchester (near Preston) before arriving 'home'.

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