Kit: Lunar Models
Diorama Size: 18"
Completed: October 12, 1997

Life Restoration

   I first saw Charles R. Knight's painting in a black and white print in a World Book Encyclopedia at the age of five. I was then convinced that these creatures lived in Canarsie Park, less than a half-mile away from my family's apartment in Brooklyn and that the picture depicted a happy encounter. (The T-Rex is smiling.)

   This is  Lunar Models' resin kit is based on Knight's famous mural in Chicago's Field Museum of Natural History which he painted in the 1930s.

Knight's original artwork
Knight's original painting

Knight's Triceratops
Both Dinosaurs were re-worked slightly. The Triceratops' frill spikes were
rounded over and its mouth, which was way too wide was shortened.

Knight's classic Tyrannosaurus Rex

   The Tyrannosaurus was re-worked even more. The head was tilted up slightly and the snout, which was shaped like an old shoe, was made narrower and re-sculpted with epoxy putty to more closely resemble T-Rex depictions in other Knight paintings

   The T-Rex's skin was originally wrinkled like an elephant's, similar to the appearance of the skin on the Triceratops. The wrinkles were filled in with putty and smoothed out. The skin was then re-textured with primer to more closely resemble the Tyrannosaurus in Knight's painting.