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A new dinosaur sculpture has taken pride of place on Southsea Common in Portsmouth with assistance from Brymor Construction.
Measuring 55in, the bronze creation is a replica of a giant ultrasaurus sculpture which was destroyed by a fire sparked by an electrical fault in 2010.
Stephen Morton, Brymor Chairman, said: “It was a pleasure to help bring the Luna Park sculpture back to life.
“Brymor has a long association with Aspex Portsmouth, that commenced 15 years ago when we carried out the fit out of the gallery when it moved to the Vulcan Building on the site of HMS Excellent that is now known as Gunwharf Quays.
“We also celebrated our 25th anniversary with a client drinks reception in the gallery. As a local firm we have strong links with the Portsmouth area we were only too pleased to help out.”
The original Luna Park artwork – measuring 53 ft (16m) – was created by internationally renowned artists Heather and Ivan Morison. A QR code on the new sculpture allows visitors to see the original dinosaur in all its glory.
Brymor was contacted by Aspex Portsmouth to see if it would assist with the installation of the new sculpture.
The firm then contacted Jay Ricketts of JLR Services, who also agreed to help with the construction of the new foundation for the plinth and statue.
Brymor and JLR gave ‘in-kind’ support and its representatives were among the guests on the day when the statue was unveiled.
The £35,000 replica included £5,290 of crowdfunding, which was matched by Portsmouth City Council from its Community Infrastructure Levy fund.