Pegasus and Dragon

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Pegasus and Dragon
Pegasus & Dragon.jpg
Coordinates25°58′56″N 80°08′26″W / 25.9822634°N 80.1405532°W / 25.9822634; -80.1405532
LocationHallandale Beach, Florida, United States
DesignerStrassacker, Germany
TypeStatue
MaterialBronze, steel
Length200 feet
Width115 feet
Height100 ft (30 m)
Beginning dateApril 5, 2013
Completion dateDecember 6, 2014
Opening date2016[citation needed]
Dedicated toPegasus and Dragon

Pegasus and Dragon is a 100-foot (30 m) tall statue of Pegasus defeating a dragon in Gulfstream Park, Hallandale Beach, Florida. It is the 2nd tallest statue in the United States after the Statue of Liberty, and the 3rd tallest in U.S. territories after Puerto Rico's Birth of the New World. It is also the world's largest and tallest equine and european dragon statue. The Pegasus is poised with its front hoof on the neck of the dragon, which lies prostrate far below the level of the equine.[1] The statue complex is 200 feet in length and 115 feet in width. Pegasus is made of 330 tons of steel and 132 tons of bronze. The dragon is made of 110 tons of steel and 132 tons of bronze. Pegasus will feature a 5D dome theater in a rock formation underneath it. The dragon is surrounded by musical fountains. At night the statue will be home to a fountain show featuring 13 musical pieces, 350 fog nozzles, 116 water nozzles, special LED lighting and dragon breathing fire 20 feet during the show.[2]

Construction[edit]

The statue was announced in 2012 as part of a long-term expansion of Gulfstream Park that also included condominiums and more grandstands for the horse racing track.[3] In 2013 further details emerged showing that Pegasus was to be in the pose of stomping on a dragon. The German bronze casting company Strassacker designed, planned and built the sculpture in cooperation with the engineering specialist Stark, the steel manufacturing company Wendeler and a Chinese bronze casting company, which was necessary to realize the high volume of bronze pieces.[4] Construction on the site started in April 5 supervised by Strassacker and with Skanska overseeing construction. [5] The statue was pre-cast and shipped in from China in 23 packing containers and the steel beams were shipped in 23 shipping containers from Germany after being made by Wendeler. The project cost $30 million.[6] By December 6, 2014 construction of the statues was completed with work on the surrounding landscaping and water features remaining to be done in the summer of 2015.[7] Work on lighting for the fountain show and dragon's fire breath was beginning in late 2015. The complex is expected to be opened in spring 2016. [8]

References[edit]

  1. ^ McCaughan, Sean (October 10, 2013). "This Will Be Gulfstream Park's Ridiculously Huge Pegasus-Killing-Dragon Lawn Ornament". Miami Curbed. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  2. ^ Bryan, Susannah (December 11, 2015). "Pegasus lights up with Vegas-like show fountain". Sun Sentinel. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  3. ^ McCaughan, Sean (November 29, 2012). "Gulfstream Park Plans Huge Expansion, Giant Pegasus Statue". Miami Curbed. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  4. ^ "Pegasus and Dragon" (PDF). Retrieved 12 March 2017.
  5. ^ "Massive statue part of Gulfstream expansion plan". Local 10 News. March 28, 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  6. ^ "Eyes on the Future: Gulfstream Plans Way to 'Move Beyond' Racing". Paulick Report. November 5, 2013. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  7. ^ Teproff, Carli (December 1, 2014). "It's no myth: A giant Pegasus at Gulfstream Park turns heads, slays dragon". Miami Herald. Retrieved 29 March 2016.
  8. ^ "Pegasus Park". Gulfstream Park. Archived from the original on 4 April 2016. Retrieved 29 March 2016.