Restoring the Triceratops at Peartree Bridge

07 June 2023

We are thrilled to officially unveil the stunning new design of Milton Keynes beloved Triceratops at Peartree Bridge.

Earlier this year, we launched a competition to find a local designer who could create a new ‘skin’ for the 8.7m long dinosaur sculpture which was in desperate need of restoration. Freya Bundy, a 5-year-old from Peartree Bridge really caught the eye of the expert judges due to the bright colours and floral features of her design. She was eventually declared the winner, and art technicians Aaron Head and Emma Wilde magnificently brought it to life. 

Triceratops is one of the many pieces of public art that we proudly care for. It was created in 1979 by Bill Billings, a truck driver who learned to sculpt with wire mesh and concrete when he volunteered on a community art project to create the famous Concrete Cows! As it stands outdoors in all weathers, Triceratops needs to be repainted from time to time, and its various themes over the years has always been a local talking point.

Our Events & Community Engagement Manager, Julie Dawes, proudly said:
"All schools and community groups close to Peartree Bridge were invited to take part in our design competition and we were thrilled to see so many brilliant entries. Our judges chose Freya’s submission because it blended natural features such as flowers with bold colours that would brighten the day of passers-by! The final result looks amazing, and we are grateful to everyone involved in the project, especially Freya who has rightfully earned her place in local history today!”

View a 3D model of Triceratops on our webpage.

Want to learn more about the public art across Milton Keynes? Find out more about public art in the parks.

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