Monday, December 4, 2023

Metal Animation Studio Creating Giant Eagle Sculpture For New Dollywood Coaster

Pigeon Forge, TN, USA — To accompany the opening of Wild Eagle, the country’s first steel wing coaster in March 2012, Dollywood theme park commissioned the country’s largest flying eagle steel sculpture which features a horizontal wing span equivalent to a four-story building.

Created by Canadian metal sculptor Kevin Stone, the one-of-a-kind three-dimensional sculpture weighs more than two tons and is made primarily of stainless steel. It includes the individual creation and welding of thousands of intricate feathers. “When we initially conceptualized the art piece, we wanted it stand as a sentinel to beckon would-be riders to Wild Eagle but also celebrate our Smoky Mountains heritage,” Dollywood’s Director of Construction and Development Brian Dudash said. “The sculpture is rugged and natural and certainly compliments its environment and the surrounding architecture.”

Stone worked for six months creating the sculpture in Metal Animation Studio in Chilliwack, British Columbia. Once ready for installation at Dollywood, the $250,000 sculpture will travel five days in three semi-trucks. Stone will travel to Tennessee to oversee the sculpture’s installation in mid-February.

The eagle’s head hovers more than two stories above the entrance to Dollywood’s Wild Eagle coaster in the park’s Wilderness Pass area. The eagle sculpture is symbolically posed with outstretched talons, ready to swoop down, and its keen eyes focused precisely on its prey. From tip to tip, its wingspan measures 42 feet.


Specializing in large-scale, one-of-a-kind, 3-dimensional, stainless steel sculptures. Owner Kevin Stone has developed a reputation for producing exquisite, highly detailed, masterpieces for a growing international clientèle.

Dollywood, the 2010 Applause Award winner, is a 150-acre family adventure park located near the entrance to Great Smoky Mountains National Park.  Open nine months a year, Dollywood offers more than 40 rides and attractions including the award-winning coasters Thunderhead® and Mystery Mine®, live entertainment and crafters.  In March 2012, Wild Eagle, the first wing coaster in the U.S., opens at the park.  Winner of IAAPA’s Must-See Waterpark Award in 2009, Dollywood’s Splash Country is adjacent to Dollywood and spans more than 35 acres.  
Joe Kleiman
Joe Kleiman
Raised in San Diego on theme parks, zoos, and IMAX films, InPark's Senior Correspondent Joe Kleiman would expand his childhood loves into two decades as a projectionist and theater director within the giant screen industry. In addition to his work in commercial and museum operations, Joe has volunteered his time to animal husbandry at leading facilities in California and Texas and has played a leading management role for a number of performing arts companies. Joe previously served as News Editor and has remained a contributing author to InPark Magazine since 2011. HIs writing has also appeared in Sound & Communications, LF Examiner, Jim Hill Media, The Planetarian, Behind the Thrills, and MiceChat His blog, takes an unconventional look at the attractions industry. Follow on twitter @ThemesRenewed Joe lives in Sacramento, California with his wife, dog, and a ghost.

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