Blue Iguana Recovery Program

Launch of Cayman’s Blue Dragon Trail

Sep 29th, 2005 | By | Category: Blues in the Local Press

Cayman Net News Online

Thursday, September 29, 2005

The Department of Tourism has joined forces with the National Gallery, the National Trust and the Dart Foundation and on Friday, 23 September they launched the Blue Dragon Trail, a special map showing tourists where all the fiberglass blue iguanas are located on Grand Cayman.

The Blue Dragon project began just over two years ago, when the Director of the National Gallery at that time, Leslie Bigelman, had the idea of making larger-than-life blue Iguanas out of fiberglass, and asking local artists to paint them, and put them in public places.

The iguanas are intended to show something unique about Cayman in two ways: Firstly because they draw attention to the Blue Iguana, a unique species to the Cayman Islands; and secondly the uniqueness of the artwork that belongs to all the different artists who live here.

The Dart Foundation stepped in with a substantial contribution to pay for the manufacture of 15 of the fiberglass Iguanas, then local artists were let loose on the sculptures, but according to the present Director of the National Gallery, Nancy Barnard, more sponsors were sought from around ten different companies.

Eventually, however, the sponsorship more than met the costs.

‘When we looked at our accounts for the project, we realized we had $2,000 surplus. That money has been donated to the National Trust’s Blue Iguana Programme,’ Ms Barnard said.

The new blue iguanas have invaded 15 sites, all around Grand Cayman, and have been painted in every way imaginable.

Artist Tom Rittenhouse has painted an iguana, in a mixture of modern and classical styles, and it can be seen in Bodden Town Park.

Nickola McCoy has painted one of the iguanas to look as if it is made out of steel, with a piano-keyboard tail. Her Iguana, called The Rock, can be seen in Captain George Dixon Park.

John Doak’s Iguana, Hamish, has been given a tartan look, and resides in Dart Family Park, South Sound.

Luelan Bodden’s dragon, Missing In Action, can be seen outside the National Gallery, in Harbour Place.

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