Luna Park is returning to Southsea

Luna Park is returning to Southsea

16 July, 2020

This summer Aspex celebrates ten years since Luna Park - the incredible Southsea dinosaur that towered over the Common. By collaborating with the Artists Heather & Ivan Morison on a Virtual Reality experience of the sculpture on Southsea Common we will bring it alive again. What better way to bring this city back together - remembering our heritage and building something new together. We will be asking you to share your memories of that time and celebrate with us by sending in your photographs and recollections of the Ultrasaurus.

On 31st July 2010 Aspex installed a 16 metre tall Ultrasaurus sculpture by internationally renowned artists Heather & Ivan Morison, on Southsea Common. The artwork, titled Luna Park was visited, photographed, climbed on and enjoyed by thousands of Portsmouth residents until it unexpectedly burnt down on 1st October, preventing a tour of the sculpture to Colchester and Cardiff.

Luna Park 10 Years will go live on the 31st July 2020 , at the same time as Aspex launches its Crowdfunder campaign, raising money for a permanent tribute to the Ultrasaurus. Combined public and Portsmouth City Council support will go towards commissioning a bronze sculpture to be installed on the seafront in 2021 and an interactive photo archive that will keep your memories alive as part of this city’s history.

The launch weekend, Friday 31 July - Sunday 2 August 2020 , is supported by Portsmouth Creates, Portsmouth City Council and the University of Portsmouth.

An extensive programme of activities will include: The ‘Do-you-think-they-saw-us’ Arts trail; a Dinosaur Cake Competition in partnership with Tenth Hole; a screening of ‘ An Unreachable Country. A Long Way To Go’ , the film which shows the making of the Ultrasaurus sculpture in Serbia; Heather & Ivan Morison in conversation about the project via Zoom; and the official launch of the crowdfunding campaign. Full details of the events and activities programme will follow. Aspex’s Learning Team will also be running a series of free Luna Park 10 Years related activities through the #AspexatHome digital programme on the @aspex_takepart Instagram page, and running a special art project with St George’s Beneficial C of E Primary School in Portsea, which will result in an exhibition at Aspex when the building reopens to the public soon.

To find out more about Luna Park 10 Years and to share your memories visit or email

Luna Park 10 Years is delivered by Aspex in partnership with PONToon, an EU Interreg France (Channel) England funded project co-financed by the European Regional Development Fund and is supported by Portsmouth Creates, Portsmouth City Council and the University of Portsmouth.

Luna Park (2010) was a Chapter initiative, commissioned in collaboration with Safle through the Studio Safle programme, Aspex Portsmouth and Firstsite Colchester. The project received generous financial support from Safle, The Calouste Gulbenkian Foundation, the Arts Council of Wales, Arts Council England through Sustain and was part-financed by the European Union.

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