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Days of "Junkasaurus' might be numbered

Come fall, Junkasaurus may be added to the list of extinct species.

When Great Explorations _ The Hands-on Museum moves in September, the 12-foot-high metal sculpture that stands guard at Fourth Street and 11th Avenue S probably won't go along.

"Paul Eppling doesn't think it could be moved," Chris Davis said of the sculptor who created Junkasaurus in 1989 from hundreds of objects donated by children.

The creature, built from lunchboxes, shoes, skates, toys and other collectibles, "was never supposed to last more than a year," said Davis, the acting executive director of the museum.

But Junkasaurus became a popular symbol of the children's museum, and Eppling returned periodically to refurbish it.

Where it will end up is undecided.

"There's talk about making it into a reef or burying it," Davis said. "We'll let you know."

_ LENNIE BENNETT

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