This family is creating amazing dinosaur designs in a disused quarry near Stroud

this family is creating amazing dinosaur designs in a disused quarry near stroud - This family is creating amazing dinosaur designs in a disused quarry near Stroud
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A family have spent their time in isolation creating amazing dinosaur designs – using loose rocks in a disused quarry.

Dad James, mum Emily and children Thomas and Olivia Booker made the art on their daily walks during the coronavirus lockdown.

The impressive gallery was produced using random pieces of stone and is meant as a thank you to health workers who helped the family deal with Thomas’ epilepsy.

A T-Rex, a Triceratops and a Velociraptor are among the designs laid out by the Bookers at the spot near Stroud.

Other people have since filled in the outlines that were left and created their original pieces.

But the largest is still the family’s T-Rex, at 20ft (6m) long – which Thomas, six, and Olivia, three, are fiercely protective of.

James, 42, said: “It’s something to give back for all the care and generosity Thomas had.

“The nurses that he had in hospital were fantastic – they bent over backwards to make sure he was never bored.

“We went to the quarry and just started building structures out of rocks.

“I was with the kids and did an outline of Thomas. He wanted to be holding some sticks, or a bow and arrow.

“I said: ‘What about a Velociraptor chasing you?’. So I spent a couple of trips up doing that and refining it.

“I didn’t have much time with the exercise restrictions!

“That got a surprising reaction from people walking around the quarry – they would say: ‘Oh look!’.

“I thought: ‘If it’s making people stop and giving them happiness, what’s next?’.”

James – who has little artistic experience – then set about designing other species of dinosaur while Emily, 35, dealt with the children.

He said: “She was using that time constructively and creatively with Thomas and Olivia, doing bug hunting, fossil collecting and nature discussions.

“But after a while she got bored of me going back and forth so she said: ‘Why don’t you do something epic?’.

“Thomas said about a T-Rex, because that’s his favourite.

“I went away and looked at a picture then created it over a few days. There were some really unique stones.

“It’s been a conversation starter with random people – even with social distancing.

“I don’t know anyone who doesn’t like dinosaurs.

“I guess it’s brought a bit of pride for people who live around here. People are now adding to it.”

James added that the family would keep creating designs and leaving outlines for other people to fill in.

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