May 11th

2015 – Diplodocus statue in Pittsburgh begins renovations

On this day in dinosaurs, a beloved statue began a much-needed restoration in the Steel City.

In 1999, the Carnegie Museum of Natural History commemorated the 100th anniversary of the discovery of Diplodocus carnegii by unveiling a life-size statue of the animal on the museum grounds, along Forbes Avenue.

Diplodocus restoration begins / Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

But 16 years later, in 2015, Dippy wasn’t looking so good. His anti-graffiti coating was peeling off and taking some of the fiberglass along with it. Funds were raised to fix Dippy’s “skin” problems and restore the dinosaur to his former glory–and better. With a new coating that will better withstand the elements and future restorations, the museum expects Dippy to be looking sharp for another century.

Share your photos with Dippy on our Facebook and Twitter using the hashtag #TDIDinos. We’ll have more about Diplodocus tomorrow!