Dino Kinetics, Asheville – North Carolina Thursdays August 1, 2019

Updated August 1, 2019 to include some new links I found after posting.

In checking out potential North Carolina Thursdays options, I came across a part of Roadside America that includes Gone But Not Forgotten –  https://www.roadsideamerica.com/location/nc/all#gone. Over the years, there were places I wanted to visit, but by the time I had the money and time to visit, they were no more – natural disasters, poor business decisions, etc.

I chose Dino Kinetics, Asheville for this week’s North Carolina Thursdays, https://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/25609. I may or may not find much about it as I made the choice before doing the research. In the past, I found it can go either way – I found almost nothing or I found a wealth of information. Bit of a mix as I found lots in some ways and little in other places. Took a lot longer than I anticipated, but I wasn’t expecting to look for John Payne dinosaurs, Utahraptor, Wedge Studios Asheville, Dino Kinetics, and Dinosaurs in Motion.

Looks like the Dinosaurs in Motion exhibit is at Berkeley (California) through September 2, 2019 – http://events.berkeley.edu/index.php/calendar/sn/LHS.html?event_ID=126769&date=2019-08-01. Additional research showed it was in Wichita back in 2016: http://exploration.org/event/dinosaurs-in-motion-national-traveling-exhibit/. If I had known, I would have visited it.

In a way, this reminds me of Erie Dinosaur Park, Erie – Kansas Tuesdays July 30, 2019 which was saved by donating most of the items to the town. It will be interesting to see if I can find out what happened to the Asheville pieces. Let the adventure begin. From the research so far, Dinosaurs in Motion acquired most of the pieces, except the Utahraptor (see Wedge Studios in Asheville references below for its location). The company usually exhibits the dinosaurs May – September most years in different parts of the country.

Official website: none near as I can tell for Dinosaurs in Motion or Dino Kinetics – if anyone knows of one, please let me know For Wedge Studios, Asheville http://wedgestudioartists.com/ (home of the Utahraptor)

Ashvegas: http://ashvegas.com/the-late-asheville-artist-john-paynes-dinosaur-sculptures-on-display-in-raleigh (link in the link is broken) found this link – https://naturalsciences.org/exhibits/featured-exhibitions/dinosaurs-in-motion (Dinosaurs were there May – September 2013).


Atlas Obscura: No listing located https://www.atlasobscura.com/

Biltmore Park: http://www.biltmorepark.com/news/dinokinetics-brings-interactive-art-town-square

Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/pages/Dino-Kinetics/170463666304546 Used the limited information to get a street address for the old location.

Wedge Studios: https://www.facebook.com/wedgestudiosasheville/ (you can see the Utahraptor clearer here)

Dinosaurs in Motion: https://www.facebook.com/search/top/?q=Dinosaurs%20in%20Motion&epa=SEARCH_BOX

Explore Asheville: https://www.exploreasheville.com/listings/wedge-at-wedge-studios/372/

 Flickr: No listing located https://www.flickr.com/

Google Maps: Google Maps Asheville Location (nothing on Street View for what little that’s worth – original location of dinosaurs)

Google Maps Different Asheville Address (see next link below as it took some additional research to find the last dinosaur that’s still in the area)

Google Maps Street View – It’s there To the left of the Bull and Beggar

Historical Marker DataBase: No listing located https://www.hmdb.org/

Inspirock:  No listing located https://www.inspirock.com/

Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/explore/locations/353945789/wedge-studios/


Linkedin: No listing located http://www.linkedin.com/

Only In Your State: No listing located https://www.onlyinyourstate.com/

Pinterest: No listing located https://www.pinterest.com/ Some links for Wedge Studios, Asheville: https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=Wedge%20Studios%20Asheville&rs=typed limited Dinosaurs in Motion: https://www.pinterest.com/search/pins/?q=Dinosaurs%20in%20Motion&rs=typed

River Arts District Asheville: https://www.riverartsdistrict.com/buildings/wedge-studios/

Roadside America: https://www.roadsideamerica.com/tip/25609 (same link as above)

RoadTrippers: No listing located https://maps.roadtrippers.com/

Silly America: No listing located https://sillyamerica.com/

Snapchat: No listing located https://www.snapchat.com/

Strange Carolinas: https://www.strangecarolinas.com/2016/09/the-last-asheville-dinosaur-asheville-nc.html Using the new address or GPS and Google Maps, I finally found the one dinosaur, Utahraptor, still in Asheville (see the last Google Maps link or references to Wedge Studios above).

The late Asheville artist John Payne created life-sized scrap-metal dinosaurs that could be controlled by pulleys and Game Boys. After his death, his family displayed the dinosaurs in Asheville’s Biltmore Park Town Square, giving visitors the opportunity to spend an afternoon controlling the life-sized dinosaurs for only five bucks. Eventually, Dino-kinetics closed and the dinosaurs were sold to a travelling company called Dinosaurs In Motion.

This is my South: No listing located https://www.thisismysouth.com/

Trip Advisor: https://www.tripadvisor.com/LocationPhotoDirectLink-g60742-d1020518-i118559033-River_Arts_District-Asheville_North_Carolina.html

If you type in Dinosaurs in Motion Tripadvisor in your favorite search engine, you get a ton of places where they have exhibited.

Tumblr: https://www.tumblr.com/ No listing located

Twitch channel or search: No listing located  – https://www.twitch.tv/

Twitter: https://twitter.com/search?q=Wedge%20Studios%20Asheville%20NC&src=typd

https://twitter.com/search?q=Dinosaurs%20in%20Motion&src=typed_query (have to hunt through a bunch of other stuff)

Vimeo channel or search: No listing located https://vimeo.com/

VisitNC: No listing located https://www.visitnc.com/

Wikipedia: No listing located https://en.wikipedia.org/

Yelp: https://www.yelp.com/biz/dino-kinetics-asheville


YouTube: https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Dino+Kinetics+Asheville+NC


https://www.youtube.com/results?search_query=Dinosaurs+in+Motion (may have to dig through some non-relevant videos)

Giant Steel Dinosaurs- Work of Kinetic Sculptor John Payne: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WdnVkVJXEPU (about 4:41 minutes long)

Past North Carolina Thursdays posts: https://upsdownsfamilyhistory.wordpress.com/tag/north-carolina-thursdays/

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