Kinetosaurs: Putting Some Teeth into Art and Science

In his North Carolina studio, sculptor John Payne (1949-2008) worked on one of the mechanical dinosaurs he created for the exhibit Kinetosaurs: Putting Some Teeth into Art and Science, which made its international debut at the museum in 1999.

North Carolina sculptor John Payne (1949–2008) was fascinated by dinosaurs and mechanical things, two passions he combined to develop Kinetosaurs: Putting Some Teeth into Art and Science specifically for The Children’s Museum of Indianapolis. Featuring 10 mechanized dinosaurs that could move—a pair of them actually did battle—when controlled by humans, the exhibit explored how Payne used various artistic and scientific ideas and skills to create the creatures on display. Following a six-month run at the museum, the exhibit began a six-year tour of sites throughout North America. The exhibit was open at The Children’s Museum from June 25, 1999 to January 3, 2000.