"The Heart of a Dino, the Body of a VW"
That’s how some have described Stegowagenvolkssaurus, the 12-foot-tall by 20-foot-wide sculpture that was publicly unveiled on January 23, 2009 on the 3rd floor of the W. Frank Steely Library.
Cincinnati artist Patricia A. Renick began creating the sculpture in 1973. It combines the body of a VW Beetle with the legs, head and spikes of a stegosaurus. Renick meant the work as a comment on the parallels between the coming obsolescence of fossil fuel vehicles and the extinction of the dinosaurs – a prophetic comment about our dependence on technology.
In the 1970s, the sculpture was shown at the Contemporary Arts Center and the Cincinnati Art Museum as well as in a federal building in Chicago. Renick passed away in 2007, and courtesy of Laura Chapman, executrix of Renick’s estate who also oversaw the restoration, the sculpture will be on long-term loan to Northern Kentucky University’s W. Frank Steely Library.