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Pat Race's 'Dinosaur Duo'

Posted: May 8, 2014 - 12:03am
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Stegosaurus and bass sketch by Pat Race.  Courtesy of Pat Race
Courtesy of Pat Race
Stegosaurus and bass sketch by Pat Race.

Local artist Pat Race is the creative mind behind the “Dinosaur Duo,” the logo for the 28th annual Juneau Jazz & Classics Festival. His design features a Stegosaurus playing a stand-up bass and a Parasaurolophus on the saxophone.

Race said the idea for the logo emerged after looking through posters from past seasons, most of which feature an animal playing an instrument.

“I wanted to do something different but still honor that tradition, and I think it might have been Linda (Rosenthal) who suggested dinosaurs,” Race said in an email.

Race said in figuring out the dino-instrument pairings, he was guided by physical shape as well as biology.

“Parasaurolophus is the dinosaur with the large crest which scientists believe served as a sounding device, a giant horn,” he said. “There’s also evidence that they had highly acute hearing, so I think it’s a pretty safe assumption that they played the sax.”

“Stegosaurus just looks like a stand-up bass, with her tiny head and huge body.”

Race’s original quartet was reduced to two dinosaurs during the editing process.

His design adorns this season’s posters, programs, sweatshirts and other merchandise. They will also be available as fine-art prints through the gallery Race co-owns, Alaska Robotics, starting this week.

Race is actively involved in many art forms in addition to visual art. A filmmaker, he co-founded the Juneau Underground Motion Picture Society (JUMP) and studied screenwriting at TheFilmSchool in Seattle. In addition to Alaska Robotics, which focuses on visual art including comics, he co-operates another business venture, Lucid Reverie, which specializes in video production and web design. He’s also a writer, most recently working as a collaborator on Alaska Robotics News, a satirical news program that focuses on Alaska politics.

For more on Race and Alaska Robotics, visit alaskarobotics.com.

For more on Jazz & Classics, visit www.jazzandclassics.org.

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