Featured Artist: Tom Prevatt,”The Giant Maker”by Charles Spillar on Aug. 25, 2009, under arts, Tucson Art
This Amado based artist is unlike any artist I have met. No resume, no long list of gallery shows, but he does have a long history of creating art. Don’t expect it to fit into your living room since many of his creations are as large as your house. I consider him the GIANT MAKER. Since 1993 he has been creating giant sculptures out of his La Reata Studio near Elephant Head in Amado.
Unlike most artists waiting for an exhibition at a gallery, Tom gets as much demand for his art as he is able to create and often has a waiting list. When you view the following pictures you will understand why. They are absolutely incredible!
He has created 45 LIFE SIZE dinosaurs for the George C. Eccles Dinosaur Park in Ogden, Utah; rockwork, waterfalls and savannahs for the North Carolina Museum of Natural Science; and the Meercat Exhibit at the Pittsburgh Zoo.
Prevatt has also created the “life underground” exhibit at the Field Museum in Chicago and the Butterfly Exhibit at the Lincoln Park Zoo there also. Locally you can see one of his life-size T-Rex at the McDonald Franchise on Grant and Tanque Verde.
You will also see his work of giant books, frogs, desert tortoises and raptors in Nogales, AZ, a giant Gila Monster slide in Cave Creek, AZ and at the Natures Art Dinosaur Park in Montville, Connecticut he has 30 life-size dinosaurs, a dino dig and a mine display. He has been busy in Connecticut for the last 10 years.
His present accomplishment in Tucson is the design and fabrication of an artistic base for the giant Tiki head (Moai) at The Hut on Fourth Ave. He constructed the base around the new steel structure required by City building codes. He also repainted the Moai to closely resemble the real Moais of Easter Island.
A major historic event is planned for the unveiling of this famous Tucson icon from the closed Magic Carpet Golf property. The event date is August 29. I’ll be doing a story for you soon as it will be an historic event for 4th Ave. and for Tucson.