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Dinosaur Sculptures in the Elberta, Alabama Woods

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Today is letter D:
Dinosaur Sculptures in the Elberta, Alabama Woods

Dinosaur sculpture by artist Mark Cline in Elberta, AL (photo by Tui Snider)
Dinosaur sculpture by artist Mark Cline in Elberta, AL (photo by Tui Snider)

An Artist’s Dream Come True

I’m sure many a struggling artist has daydreamed about a wealthy patron requesting their work and paying a handsome sum for it in return.
Well, that’s exactly what happened to Mark Cline!
Dinosaur sculpture by artist Mark Cline in Elberta, AL (photo by Tui Snider)
Dinosaur sculpture by artist Mark Cline in Elberta, AL (photo by Tui Snider)

Who is Mark Cline?

Mark Cline is an artist and entertainer who lives in Virginia and specializes in quirky sculptures made out of fiberglas. In 1991, a reclusive Alabama billionaire named George Barber contacted Cline and commissioned him to create a group of life-sized dinosaurs sculptures.

Dinosaur sculpture by artist Mark Cline in Elberta, AL (photo by Tui Snider)
Dinosaur sculpture by artist Mark Cline in Elberta, AL (photo by Tui Snider)

Dinosaurs in the Piney Woods

I recently saw Mark Cline’s dinosaurs on a road trip through Alabama. Rather than have them all side by side, the dinosaurs are spread out along a stretch of road through the Piney Woods of Alabama.

Dinosaur sculpture by artist Mark Cline in Elberta, AL (photo by Tui Snider)
Dinosaur sculpture by artist Mark Cline in Elberta, AL (photo by Tui Snider)

Picnic with dinosaurs

My husband and I drove from one dinosaur the next, although if we’d had more time, we could have had a picnic and spent the afternoon walking from one dinosaur to the next!

The dinosaurs look great! Considering that they have been outside since 1991, I was really surprised to see that the sculptures are in great shape. They aren’t banged up or faded.

Dinosaur sculpture by artist Mark Cline in Elberta, AL (photo by Tui Snider)
Dinosaur sculpture by artist Mark Cline in Elberta, AL (photo by Tui Snider)

See for yourself:

There’s not a precise address to see Mark Cline’s dinosaurs,  but that’s part of the fun. To see them for yourself, simply head to Barber Marina (26986 Fish Trap Rd, Elberta, AL 36530) and keep your eye out for dinosaurs on the right hand side as you drive along the Barber Parkway.
Also, check out Mark Cline’s website: Enchanted Castle Studios.  There’s a short video on the homepage that showcases a whole bunch of his whimsical sculptures!

*****I hope you enjoyed today’s post. Come back tomorrow for the next letter in the alphabet!*****

 

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5 Comments

  1. This looks like so much fun. I would love to see the dinosaurs one day! Thanks for the post!

    • Tui Snider Tui Snider

      Only a few days until the winners will be chosen by random.org! I’ll keep my fingers crossed for you. :D

  2. That is fun! I wonder how far from hubby’s parents those dinos are. Maybe next time we are down, we’ll have to go dinosaur hunting.

  3. I love dinosaur places! I have been to them all over the country and have yet to hit this one in Alabama. Thanks for a great story and the background about the artist. Like you, I find that focusing on the artist adds a great deal to a post.

    Looking forward to the rest of the alphabet Tui

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