The Allaire Dinosaurs in Allenwood, New Jersey

The Allaire Dinosaurs

Nestled within Allaire State Park visitors will find the work of Robin Ruggiero, a New Jersey-based artist who has been using these woods as both her canvas and medium since 2019. Although first working in anonymity, her growth in popularity and increased visitation to the site soon brought the creator’s identity to light.

Ruggiero’s work began with a series of huts and witchy symbols before expanding to include a colony of dinosaurs. A Tyrannosaurus Rex first appeared, later joined by a triceratops, a pterodactyl feeding her offspring, and in October 2020, a stegosaurus.

Each dinosaur is meticulously crafted within the park using pieces of downed trees, bones, branches, and leaves. With these pieces being made on location, the artist can often be found hard at work. Robin is extremely kind and pleasant with visitors; always ready to listen to and educate those interested.

The dinosaurs began as a personal art project, but have brought a new generation of visitors to Allaire State Park.

While visiting, be sure to explore beyond the dinosaurs. There is much more to be found within these magical woods, both artistic and naturally occurring.

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