17,000 pound T. rex sculpture moving from Chilliwack to Penticton

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Stainless steel T. rex ready for new home in Okanagan
A Fraser Valley artist is preparing to move a stainless steel sculpture of prehistoric proportions. The massive T. rex has been in the works for more than two years in a Chilliwack warehouse. This week it will be moved to its new home in the Okanagan. But as Kamil Karamali reports, it won't be easy – Sep 17, 2023

A Chilliwack artist is putting his finishing touches on his latest massive project — a 17,000 pound T. rex sculpture.

Kevin Stone has been piecing together his massive life-size sculpture for two years building the stainless steel T. rex in sections.

Stone said he was contacted by a client, who had seen a previous sculpture of his in Miami.

“A (client) reached out to me and said it was his childhood fantasy to have a big, giant chrome T. rex — after two years of hard work this is what we have,” Stone said.

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Stone said he’s been in metal fabrication his whole life and started sculpture work full-time two decades ago. He also is assisted by his wife Michelle Stone, a welder and an apprentice.

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“All the metal is purchased locally and I don’t use computers to design anything. It’s all handmade,” he said,

In the coming days, it will be dissembled and moved to a large Penticton property, that currently houses the Eden Park Lake House Airbnb.

The completed T. rex is the approximate size of a large passenger bus, standing 17 feet tall.

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