A 25-year-old student Dan Udy from London on a fellowship at the Smithsonian in Washington D.C. was walking around his area on Capitol Hill on Saturday when he saw a mini protest proceeding under a tree.
“I don’t know who did it, but some people are convinced I staged the whole thing,” Udy said. “To be honest, if I knew how to make something go viral I would have been doing it for ages now. I’m shit at Twitter!”
Another Capitol Hill resident, Carly Van Orman saw Udy’s tweet and shared a photo she had taken of the protest earlier this month when she and her kids passed by.
Orman said her kids recognized the dinosaurs first. “We’d done the Women’s March the weekend before, so they recognized what it was,” she said.
Creator of the protest is Bill Rebeck and he said in a statement: “the dinosaurs are alive and well, and want to be heard.”
Rebeck, a neuroscience professor, he and his wife, Andria Wisler, who is the Director of the Center for Social Justice, work at Georgetown University and have a four-year-old son called Jackson.
Toy dinosaurs have lived in the family’s garden since about a year ago when their neighbor Steve left them in to amuse Jackson, Rebeck said.
“After the election, my wife and I were talking about how to protest some of the worst parts of the Trump administration, and she suggested the dinosaurs in their garden could make a statement,” he said.
“So we made up the signs, and Jackson stuck them on emery boards; we gave them to the dinosaurs,” Rebeck said.