It’s going to be a resurrection of Jurassic proportions when three dinosaur statues pop up in Drumheller, replacing three prehistoric pieces ushered into extinction last fall.

Marley Henneigh, administrator for the Drumheller DinoArts Association, said there are approximately 30 concrete and steel statues of “cartoonish” dino creatures scattered around the town nestled in the Canadian Badlands.

Three of the statues were damaged within a month last summer, leaving the town short a few fossilized faces.

But the association has partnered with local artists at Dinosaur Valley Studios to create replacements for the statues in the same playful style as the other statues, which were built in the ’60s and based off an old 1940’s encyclopedia.

“They’re not scientifically correct, that’s for sure,” Henneigh said of the statues. “These new ones that we’re having built … we’re calling them ‘new-old’ dinosaurs because they will be built in the older style of cement and steel.”

Henneigh said the new statues are about halfway done and will be on display in the spring.

An artist’s draft of a new dinosaur statue in Drumheller, Alta., which will replace one of three statues damaged in the summer of 2018.

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An artist’s draft for a new dinosaur statue of an Ankylosaurus in Drumheller, Alta., which will replace one of three statues damaged in the summer of 2018.

The throwback designs for the statues will “keep that nostalgia” of the older statues while making it simple for members of the community to paint the dinosaurs through the DinoArts’ volunteer program, Henneigh said.

“People really still like to do that in town,” she said. “Local groups and business do it as a team building thing … or local artists like to paint these funky designs and things on the dinosaurs.”

Some of the statues are owned by private businesses while others are part of the DinoArts collection.

The first damaged dino was toppled at Greentree Mall in August, followed by another painted to resemble Batman dubbed Dinobat.

And in September, a statue outside the post office (painted red and white in honour of Canada’s 150 birthday) met with a big bang when it was hit by a vehicle and destroyed.

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Drumheller getting three new dinosaur statues after extinction event last summer

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