In this photo provided by the Cranbrook Institute of Science, staff at Cranbrook Institute of Science were greeted by the Institute’s iconic model Stegosaurus, known as “Steggy,” modeling new fashions when they arrived on Monday Sept. 16, 2013. (AP Photo/ Cranbrook Institute of Science)
BLOOMFIELD HILLS, Mich. (AP) — Steggy, the model dinosaur outside the Cranbrook Institute of Science in suburban Detroit, is sporting a few new fashionable touches.
The museum staff arrived Monday to find the Stegosaurus statue clad in leggings, an eye patch, spike and plate scrunchies, tail bracelets and an orange cap with a pompom on its tail.
A woman identifying herself only as Jenn dressed Steggy sometime between Sunday evening and Monday morning, the museum said. In her letter, Jenn said she undertook the project to thank Steggy for inspiring her childhood love of science. The letter had no contact information, the institute said.
“It was an amazing Monday morning for us,” institute Director Michael Stafford said in a statement. “Our mission is to inspire a love of science and clearly that happened with Jenn. She is a very talented knitter. I am sure she will make a wonderful geologist. She clearly LOVES science, and we are thrilled that her love of science started at Cranbrook.”
In her letter, Jenn said that Steggy gave her a place to be herself.
“As a girl, I was teased for liking paleontology and wanting to play dinosaurs with the boys,” she wrote.
Cranbook’s model Stegosaurus was installed in 1980 to mark the museum’s 50th anniversary. Cranbrook said Steggy will wear the clothes through Sunday, and they may be displayed on special occasions after that.
In the letter, Jenn said she and her husband were considering a move back to Michigan from Missouri.
“Jenn said in her letter to Steggy that she will be back to do a photo with him when she graduates,” Stafford said. “We hope we will get to meet her.”