Say hello to Curt. That's the name of downtown Drumheller's newest dinosaur.
The realistic raptor is a bit of a change from the other two downtown dino benches, Gus and Effie, which are more like cartoon characters.
"We tried to design a dinosaur that was kind of more realistic looking than our previous ones, but was still fairly friendly looking," explained Marley Henneigh of the DinoArts Association, which commissioned the sculpture.
"We actually decided to name him Curt after Curt Blanchette, who for many years repaired all of the cement dinosaurs around town," added Henneigh. "In honour of all his awesome work, we wanted to name this dinosaur after him, so this dinosaur is named Curt."
The new bench dino sits alongside the Napier Theatre on Centre Street, where a concrete Triceratops sculpture stood for years.
"Lots of people probably noticed that we removed the older Triceratops that was here in front of the theatre back in, I think it was May," recalled Henneigh. "We actually donated that to Kneehill County, I believe they're going to put it up at Horseshoe Canyon, and we had wanted to put a new bench dinosaur here."
Curt was made by the same Calgary company that created Gus and Effie, along with the motorcyclist that sits beside the Brick downtown.