Triceracopter and Self-Portrait


The University of Cincinnati’s Walter C. Langsam Library is the home for Triceracopter – an impressive half triceratops, half helicopter 30-foot sculpture. Created in 1977 by artist Patricia A. Renick to commemorate the U.S. Bicentennial, Triceracopter: The Hope for the Obsolescence of War combines the form of a triceratops dinosaur with an Army OH6A Cayuse combat helicopter flown in Vietnam.

Triceracopter was last exhibited at the Cincinnati Contemporary Arts Center in 1978. This one-person show included another piece of sculpture by Renick, Self-Portrait: She Became What She Beheld. This sculpture is a body cast of the artist sitting on a chair, dressed in work clothing and holding a small concept model of the larger work. Instead of the expected life-size human head, Patricia Renick has portrayed herself with the head of her progeny, Triceracopter. Self-Portrait, also on display in Langsam Library, is placed a short distance from the larger work, facing it as if musing about its birth and destiny, but also “becoming” what she is beholding – artist as dinosaur.

The sculpture pieces are located on the 4th floor of Langsam Library. Upon walking in the library, you can't miss Triceracopter watching you as you walk down the long hallway.

Learn more about Triceracopter and Self-Portrait:

  • Essay, "Triceracopter: Hope for the Obsolescence of War" by Laura H. Chapman, December 2010
  • Press release announcing Triceracopter and Self-Portrait's arrival in Langsam Library
  • Video clip shot by UC Magazine on the installation of Triceracopter and Self-Portrait
  • Join Triceracopter on Facebook.