Luna Park, an enormous steel and polyester dinosaur was a piece of public sculpture by Heather & Ivan Morison commissioned for Southsea Common, Portsmouth in 2010. The title, Lunar Park alluded to the faded glamour of amusement parks associated with the initial location of the work, and the scale of the piece, which stood at 26 meters, referenced American roadside â€˜traffic-stoppersâ€™ used to slow drivers and draw attention to overlooked locations.
Working in close collaboration with Heather & Ivan Morison, in response to the brief to produce a Brutalist dinosaur for three public locations, Queen & Crawford produced the original design for the Luna Park dinosaur. The ex-employees of the state-owned Zastava car factory in remote Serbia then constructed the sculpture from Queen & Crawfordâ€™s designs. These workers, experts in the use of plastic-wrapped wire-mesh forms featured in the 2010 film by Heather & Ivan Morison, An Unreachable Country. A Long Way To Go.
Luna Park was dramatically destroyed on Southsea Common by arsonists in 2010.