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‘Jurassic Park’ comes to Maidstone East Station

Metal dinosaur sculpture will greet visitors after they get off the train

A huge metalwork dinosaur sculpture has arrived to greet people to the county town as they arrive by train at the new Maidstone East station entrance.

Commissioned by Maidstone Borough Council (MBC), the stunning piece of art celebrates the world’s first bird hip dinosaur, an iguanodon, which was found in Queens Road in 1834.

The new sculpture, which measures approximately 3.5m long by 2m high, was installed recently in front of the new railway station entrance and will be one of the first things visitors see as they arrive or leave Maidstone complementing the £2.5m regeneration project to revive the station.

Real focal point

Chair of the MBC Economic, Regeneration and Leisure Committee – Cllr Martin Round says: “This incredible piece of artwork will give a real focal point to the new railway station area. We chose the sculpture of the dinosaur as it is so relevant to Maidstone.

“It is fantastic to see Maidstone celebrating its status as the county town of Kent with so many amazing new things coming here including this new railway station.” 

In 1834, during the excavation of a quarry in the Queen’s Road area of Maidstone, a fossil bone was uncovered which appeared to be from an animal of tremendous size. After further investigation it was found that this bone was one piece of a partial skeleton of an Iguanodon. More information can be found on the Maidstone Museum website: https://museum.maidstone.gov.uk/maidstones-iguanodon/

The artists who created the dinosaur sculpture are father and son Gary and Thomas Thrussell who were chosen in a competitive tendering process and have family connections with the area.

“We are delighted with the look and size of the dinosaur which you simply cannot miss when you get off the train at Maidstone East.  MBC wanted to create a talking point and something eye-catching. This sculpture is just what we were hoping for”

Cllr Martin Round

The metal dinosaur sculpture cost £40,000 to be designed and produced which was funded through S106 developer contributions.

David Buckley

Dave Buckley is a career journalist. “I once went painting girders for a week and discovered I didn’t like heights,” he says. “Apart from that it has always been journalism for me in one form or another.” Past local weekly publications he has worked for include: the South-East London Mercury* covering the Borough of Greenwich as a junior reporter; Orpington-based News Shopper as a sub-editor; and the Kent Messenger when based in Larkfield, Maidstone, as deputy chief sub-editor. He has also worked for the following dailies/nationals: Daily Express, Today*, News of the World* and Hong Kong Star*. All those marked with an asterisk no longer exist (trend emerging?). He owned and edited a Thailand-based property magazine before returning to England and currently works as a production editor on a car fleet magazine. His first foray into property ownership saw him move from London to Rainham (the Gillingham, Kent, variety). He has subsequently lived in Chislehurst, Petts Wood and Orpington in the Borough of Bromley (which he still regards as being in Kent). In more recent years he owned three different properties on the Kings Hill (West Malling) development.

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