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Fans of Abilene's beloved but endangered Dinosaur Bob sculpture rallied on downtown streets Thursday, and a state lawmaker and the character's filmmaking creator have expressed their support.

Q: I've heard a rumor that it was the Grace's Director that filed the complaint. Is that true?

Q: Doesn't the Grace want to make kids happy by keeping Dino Bob?

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NCCIL's Director had already agreed to accept Dino Bob before the complaint was filed with the city.

''He's a natural star,'' former NCCIL board member Becky McDonald said of Bob. ''He gets a lot of attention.''

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Q: Where does the Grace think Dino Bob should go?

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The permit the city issued for the sculpture in 2000 as part of a temporary outdoor art exhibit expired years ago. The city received a complaint about Bob from a person who has not been identified publicly. But Bob supporters say he is a landmark and they don't want him moved.

The National Center for Children's Illustrated Literature, also downtown, has expressed interest in taking the sculpture. Joyce's work inspired the NCCIL's creation, and he has donated art to it.

Q: I've heard the Grace's Director wanted to get rid of Dino Bob before this.

Our Director was already talking with the NCCIL about their interest in Dino Bob, as he was aware that Dino Bob was not intended to reside permanently at the Grace. The Vans Black Bone Authentic On Feet

''I don't think he should go. That's been his home,'' said Tammera Holland, who joined the protest.

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We feel the best place for Dino Bob will be at the NCCIL, who have a collection of William Joyce artifacts (Dino Bob is from a William Joyce story).

''We're excited the city has come through and will let him reside downtown. It's good they're behind it,'' said The Grace's executive director, Dennis Kois.

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This week, Joyce donated money to the ''Save Dino Bob'' campaign, which is working to restore Bob and buy him from Austin artist Bob ''Daddy O'' Wade. Joyce said he is excited about the effort to save the dinosaur from extinction.

Absolutely false. We don't know who filed the complaint, but it was not the Grace's Director.

The Grace does so much for Abilene's children we are about to open nearly $1million worth of new projects just for kids, including a renovated Children's Museum and a new Education Center. We are expanding our school outreach next year to such a degree that EVERY STUDENT in Abilene will receive fine art instruction from the Grace Mbt Womens Shoes

VW Bug are hanging off the roof nearby . Finally, we do not know what the long term effect of having a rusting vehicle hanging off our historic parking garage building would be, and cannot afford to find out.

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The museum issued a statement saying Kois was not the person who filed the complaint with the city.

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The Grace does not plan to request a permit to keep the whimsical green dinosaur and his orange Volkswagen because the sculpture doesn't tie in with its mission as an art, history and children's museum. Grace officials, however, don't want Bob to leave downtown and have made a $200 donation toward his restoration.

The Grace wants to keep Dino Bob downtown, and was the first organization to contribute money to the Save Dino Bob campaign. However, we don't own Dino Bob and cannot assume the upkeep and liability for a public sculpture. Additionally, we have repeatedly lost out on rentals of our Courtyard often rented for weddings and formal events, and a major revenue source for the museum because Dino Bob and the Mbt Shoes Sale Uk Outlet

He is working with a Dallas animation studio on a short film based on the book ''Dinosaur Bob and His Adventures with the Family Lazardo'' that would debut in 2008 in conjunction with the book's 20th anniversary. A feature length film is also a possibility.

About 20 adults and children waved green signs and passed out ''Save Dino Buy Mbt Shoes Online Sale Bob'' stickers during ArtWalk to a steady stream of passers by. Above them, on the roof of The Grace Museum's parking garage, Bob was sporting a new look: a cowboy hat and red scarf.

The city issued a press release Thursday saying it is willing to work with The Grace and the Abilene Cultural Affairs Council to get permits so that Bob can remain downtown.

The peaceful protest was the latest chapter in the saga of Dinosaur Bob, a sculpture based on a character from a William Joyce book. There has been an outpouring of support for Bob since it was made public that the city of Abilene has given The Grace four months to remove the faded sculpture or request a permit to keep it.

The City of Abilene has told the ACAC that he must either come down, or a new permit issued from the Landmarks Commission, within 120 days. This occurred after a citizen filed a complaint with the city.

during their time in AISD. And June 9th is KidzFest the Grace is bringing this year's Grammy award winning children's performer, Dan Zanes, to Abilene for a free concert. While Dino Bob is a beloved Abilene mascot, the fuss about his moving down the street is detracting from the public remembering all the Grace does for Abilene's children.

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''If I have to come and picket, I'll picket,'' said Joyce, a Louisiana artist who is in Los Angeles working on a movie project. The film ''Meet the Robinsons,'' based on one of Joyce's books, is in theaters now.

Q: Why doesn't the Grace want to keep Dino Bob?

State Rep. Susan King said in a press release that if she could have been in Abilene on Thursday, she would have worn a ''green Save Bob T shirt with buttons galore.''

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