‘The Dinosaur of Crouch End’ is No More!

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Find out where to see me up close here,

Click Here to Purchase your own ‘The Dinosaur of Crouch End’ Ltd Ed Print

Sadly all good things must draw to a close and this fantastic project is no exception.

After over two years we are nearing the last few dinosaurs that will ever be printed.

Thanks you all for your support and any questions or comments feel free to get in contact.

A flash of teeth! A fearsome roar!!
Behold! The crouch end dinosaur!!

His scales glistening in the sun,
Are windows, every single one,

Of buildings you may know quite well.
Which ones are they? Can you tell?

And in his jaws each fearsome tooth,
Is fashioned from a Crouch End roof.

He uses them to chew the bitter,
Bones of people who drop litter!

You see, he has great pride in these,
Fair streets that form his feet and knees.

He loves Crouch End, it is his home,
And so with gleeful heart he roams,

The length and breadth of town, and sleeps,
Among the chimney pots and keeps,

The pigeon population down,
And always keeps the clock well wound.

I hear he finds it most divine,
When people cycle up his spine,

And you may hear him whoop and wail,
When someone skateboards down his tail.

So if one day you chance to meet,
A dino walking down the street,

Give him a wave and shake his claw,
For he’s the Crouch End dinosaur.

Poem by Rachael Berry
Published in: on December 30, 2012 at 9:46 pm  Leave a Comment  

Someone Has Stolen My Dinosaur!

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Sadly last Tuesday, when moving house from Crouch End to Muswell Hill, some one stole my dinosaur.

It was the big ‘Colour Me Happy Dino‘ that was used outside of Budgen’s last year, where members of the crouch end community came to colour in a big 2m black and white outline of ‘The Dinosaur of Crouch End‘ print.

It’s a really conspicuous pieces being over 2m long and 1m high and is contained in a big Gold ornate frame.

I’m pretty sure who ever stole it is just doing it for a joke but if anyone saw it being carted through the street last Tuesday or has heard anyone talking about this piece of art thievery then please get in contact.

Any information please contact me through the website.

‘The Dinosaur of Crouch End’

Click me for a closer look!

Find out where to see me up close here,

A flash of teeth! A fearsome roar!!
Behold! The crouch end dinosaur!!

His scales glistening in the sun,
Are windows, every single one,

Of buildings you may know quite well.
Which ones are they? Can you tell?

And in his jaws each fearsome tooth,
Is fashioned from a Crouch End roof.

He uses them to chew the bitter,
Bones of people who drop litter!

You see, he has great pride in these,
Fair streets that form his feet and knees.

He loves Crouch End, it is his home,
And so with gleeful heart he roams,

The length and breadth of town, and sleeps,
Among the chimney pots and keeps,

The pigeon population down,
And always keeps the clock well wound.

I hear he finds it most divine,
When people cycle up his spine,

And you may hear him whoop and wail,
When someone skateboards down his tail.

So if one day you chance to meet,
A dino walking down the street,

Give him a wave and shake his claw,
For he’s the Crouch End dinosaur.

Poem by Rachael Berry
Published in: on November 14, 2011 at 10:28 pm  Leave a Comment  
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Colour me Happy!!! Crouch End Dino gets Handed over to the Creatives of Crouch End

Starting this Weekend (November 12th) the artist behind ‘The Dinosaur of Crouch End’ Is publicly putting on display a Giant 2m Long outline version of the beast himself, outside Budgens, Crouch End, Stall 4 All

‘Being an artist who is totally preoccupied with the ideas of participation in art and interactivity, I always wanted this to not only represent the community I live in, but for it to be created by the people who inhabit it’.

The Giant Dinosaur Print will be displayed every Saturday of the Nov and Dec until the 3rd and the artists is asking all those creative crouch enders, young and old, to come along and colour in a part of the design and then initial the piece as the artist. There will be mulled wine and hot spiced apple juice and a raffle to win a framed limited edition print as well as the Postcards and Prints being on sale

‘I think the communal effort on a single piece of art like this will look incredible, not only the tapestry of colours and styles, but all the initials of those who have taken part’.

All materials will be provided so get yourselves down to there over christmas and get creative.

 

 

 

‘The Dinosaur of Crouch End’

Click me for a closer look!

Find out where to see me up close here,

A flash of teeth! A fearsome roar!!
Behold! The crouch end dinosaur!!

His scales glistening in the sun,
Are windows, every single one,

Of buildings you may know quite well.
Which ones are they? Can you tell?

And in his jaws each fearsome tooth,
Is fashioned from a Crouch End roof.

He uses them to chew the bitter,
Bones of people who drop litter!

You see, he has great pride in these,
Fair streets that form his feet and knees.

He loves Crouch End, it is his home,
And so with gleeful heart he roams,

The length and breadth of town, and sleeps,
Among the chimney pots and keeps,

The pigeon population down,
And always keeps the clock well wound.

I hear he finds it most divine,
When people cycle up his spine,

And you may hear him whoop and wail,
When someone skateboards down his tail.

So if one day you chance to meet,
A dino walking down the street,

Give him a wave and shake his claw,
For he’s the Crouch End dinosaur.

Poem by Rachael Berry
Published in: on October 24, 2011 at 5:47 pm  Leave a Comment  
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One of Dino’s Keepers takes on the ‘Day of the Dead’

In the week leading up to the ‘Day of the Dead’ celebrations  (Nov’ 01 and 02),  Jonathan Edwards shall be taking a 5 day workshop in paper mache puppet making with some of the kids who visit the ‘Oaxaca Street Kids’ drop-in centre.

In Celebration of one of the Dino’s keepers being invited to host a workshop in Mexico and to help with the running of this noble establishment we have 4 Full Size Dino Prints going for the reasonably reduced price of 80 of your English Sterling. All Profits will be donated to the Oaxacan street kids charity, ‘Grassroots’. Any Donations would be greatly received including paint brushes, gardening gloves and wire cutters.

Email me if you are interested or can help in anyway. Pass the message on to all your Crouch End Dino Loving Friends…

Published in: on September 2, 2011 at 2:51 pm  Leave a Comment  

FOR ONE NIGHT ONLY: Dinosaur Let Loose on the Town!

For all you locals who haven’t had the opportunity to see the delights of what is ‘Barboot’ then tonight should be your night.

Set up and organised by the lovely people at the Haberdashery, ‘Barboot’ is a mini-festival like conversion of the shops along Middle Lane and Park Road. Furniture Shops turn into Galleries, Cafes turn into vintage shops, Vintage shops turn into craft sales, Bars get transported back to the 194o’s. In our humble opinion this is the most fun and interesting time to be in Crouch End.

And for all you followers and fans of the Dinosaur it’s your opportunity to come see the dino up close and in person at ‘Of Special Interest’ on Park Road, where both the Postcards and the Prints will be available.

Also as a one night only Promotion if you slip the Dinosaurs Keeper a piece of Paper with the Magical Markings of ‘ROOAR!!!’, you will receive a 10% Discount on the Full size prints.

Look Forward to seeing you all this evening.

Good Day to you,

JE

Published in: on August 5, 2011 at 11:24 am  Leave a Comment  
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Discovering ‘The Dinosaur of Crouch End’

When embarking on the adventure to try and create and bring to surface a unique and iconic piece of art that not only looked beautiful but really tried to explore the inherent beauty, community and cultural richness of the area, Jonathan Edwards had to start somewhere.

I heard that historically, lots of good ideas came to people whilst in the bath, Mr Edwards epiphany came to him whilst seeing the most phenomenal illustration of Stokes Croft in Bristol represented as a microcosm globe hung above a friends John. The seed had been planted that this illustrator could help him bring to life a piece of art that would not only visualise the local area but also have enough scope to draw in all the nooks and crannies that make up a rich local community.

First port of call was the local community itself. Having the advantage of working in one of the areas most popular restaurants, he proceeded to ask all the long time locals what made Crouch End what it was. This was noted and formed a 100+ list of places, historical events, popular culture and a bounding enthusiasm from all the people asked.

Top points to the Haringey Library network as it’s resource helped with ease to of turn these vast lists and notes into a fantastic ream of scans and historic facts about the area.

So obstacle number one “How do you convey all this information to an illustrator all those many miles away, yet still retain the knowing love and sense of character, that was so enthusiastically proclaimed for the interviewed locals?”

Solution…

It’s amazing seeing how much there is to be noted around this area. Who’da thought that ‘Camberwick Green’ was at home here for a brief period of it’s creation. The list could have gone on indefinitely and if anyone would like to contribute to this resource, please feel free to add your personal notes, photos and experiences.

Bizarrely this is truly where the dinosaur started to manifest itself. When you look at all the plot points on the map, Coming up Crouch hill and to the opposite end of the apex Crouch End Hill mirrored with Tottenham Lane and Park Road… through the eyes of the artists they both started to see a Sauropod manifesting itself. And people always said it was the Ley Lines that gave Crouch End it’s mystical quality.

Sketches of buildings,

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became outlines,  outline became anatomy,

anatomy became complete,

‘til black and white became a beautiful multicoloured manifestation of what started out as one artists wanting to visually represent the communities love for it’s home.

The icing on the cake when an email was sent through via the website with a truly brilliant poem about the nature of the beast itself submitted by fellow artist from the Isle of Wight (?!?) , the truly talented painter, Rachael Berry. How she knew the beast so well living so very far away we’ll never know but I think you’ll agree it is a an expcetional addition to it’s ever growing Beauty.

Published in: on July 30, 2011 at 2:54 pm  Comments (1)  

The Dinosaur of Crouch End

Click me for a closer look!

Find out where to see me up close here,

A flash of teeth! A fearsome roar!!
Behold! The crouch end dinosaur!!

His scales glistening in the sun,
Are windows, every single one,

Of buildings you may know quite well.
Which ones are they? Can you tell?

And in his jaws each fearsome tooth,
Is fashioned from a Crouch End roof.

He uses them to chew the bitter,
Bones of people who drop litter!

You see, he has great pride in these,
Fair streets that form his feet and knees.

He loves Crouch End, it is his home,
And so with gleeful heart he roams,

The length and breadth of town, and sleeps,
Among the chimney pots and keeps,

The pigeon population down,
And always keeps the clock well wound.

I hear he finds it most divine,
When people cycle up his spine,

And you may hear him whoop and wail,
When someone skateboards down his tail.

So if one day you chance to meet,
A dino walking down the street,

Give him a wave and shake his claw,
For he’s the Crouch End dinosaur.

Poem by Rachael Berry
Published in: on June 9, 2011 at 1:26 pm  Leave a Comment  
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