Jurassic garage! Father installs 10ft T-Rex on top of shipping container in his front garden ‘to give people something to smile about’

A dad has installed a giant dinosaur sculpture in his front garden – to ‘give people something to smile about’.

Ben Maddocks, 50, put the 10ft T-Rex on top of a shipping container he uses as a garage.

The dad, from Bristol, originally bought the metalwork from a garden center for his son Noah, six, who is ‘big into dinos’.

Mr Maddocks said: ‘When we saw it for sale we thought we’d buy it for Noah.

“Because Noah is autistic and likes dinosaurs, he has boxes and boxes and boxes of dinos.”

Jurassic garage!  Dad Ben Maddocks (pictured with son Noah, 6), 50, installed a giant dinosaur sculpture in his front garden - to 'give people something to smile about'

Jurassic garage! Dad Ben Maddocks (pictured with son Noah, 6), 50, installed a giant dinosaur sculpture in his front garden – to ‘give people something to smile about’

Ben Maddocks, 50, put the 10ft T-Rex on top of a shipping container he uses as a garage

Ben Maddocks, 50, put the 10ft T-Rex on top of a shipping container he uses as a garage

The nine-foot-six dinosaur has been living in Ben's back garden for about three years, but Ben recently decided he wanted to put it on the roof of his house

The nine-foot-six dinosaur has been living in Ben’s back garden for about three years, but Ben recently decided he wanted to put it on the roof of his house

The nine-foot-six dinosaur has been living in Ben’s back garden for about three years, but Ben recently decided he wanted to put it on the roof of his house.

The dad-of-eight explained: ‘In the end we wanted to put it on the roof of the house – but it weighs so much, about a quarter of a tonne – so we were worried it might come through the ceiling!

‘So I bought myself a shipping container, which is my garage, and thought I’d put it there for my son Noah, given his passion for dinos, but also to give kids something to smile about.

‘I didn’t expect it to do what it did – but don’t get me wrong, it certainly stands out!

‘Noah didn’t know I put it up like he was at school – so when he got home around the corner he was like ‘Oh my god, my dino’s on the roof!’

‘He believes it got up there by itself.

‘It’s amazing – the amount of children stopping to look and smile, cars stopping to take pictures.

‘It’s great that it brings a sense of smile and positivity to the community.

“Rather than having a lot of negativity, it’s something that makes people happy.

“There’s not much to smile about lately, so it makes kids’ days.”

Mr Maddocks, from Bristol, originally bought the metalwork from a garden center for his son Noah, six, who is 'big into dinos'.

Mr Maddocks, from Bristol, originally bought the metalwork from a garden center for his son Noah, six, who is ‘big into dinos’.

The statue is made of metal, and Mr Maddocks says he was able to get it onto the holder with 'great difficulty'.

The statue is made of metal, and Mr Maddocks says he was able to get it onto the holder with ‘great difficulty’.

'Don't move!  He can't see us if we don't move!'  Fortunately, the statue won't be gnawing at any biologists anytime soon

‘Don’t move! He can’t see us if we don’t move!’ Fortunately, the statue won’t be gnawing at any biologists anytime soon

The statue is made of metal, and Mr Maddocks says he was able to get it onto the holder with ‘great difficulty’.

He said: ‘I lifted it with ropes and stuff but picked it up there.

“It’s bolted on well because you don’t want it falling on your head!”

The avid biker, Mr. Maddocks also runs Bikers in Bristol on a voluntary basis and is also a full-time carer for his father.

He said the dinosaur would stay at their home for a long time.

He added: ‘If I come across something a bit strange, different or unusual I usually buy it because, as my wife says, that’s how I am.

“We just get on with things and enjoy them, and if the kids are happy, I’m happy.

“Because it brought such a sense of happiness to many, many people, the dino is not going to come down anytime soon.”