Tuesday, February 26, 2013 , Updated 1:00 p.m., April 9, 2013
UPDATED: Check out videos of Big Tex’s new hand and face
Engineers are working "non-stop" to get him ready for the 2013 fair.
FAIR PARK Big Tex surely can't wave and say "Howdy, folks!" without new hands. In a video released by State Fair of Texas spokesperson Sue Gooding Tuesday morning, we get to see a very detailed simulation of how Tex's five fingers will come together.
[UPDATE: On April 9, The State Fair of Texas released a succeeding video of the shaping of Big Tex's face.]
Little has been said about the rest of him, but we know he's being rebuilt somewhere in Texas after meeting his demise in a fire in October. Tex will be back this fall for the fair, as he will be honored with the State Fair theme of "The One & Only!". The fair runs September 27 through October 20.
The 52-foot-tall redo could cost $600,000, reports The Dallas Morning News; and the fair is slated to get $155,000 from an insurance claim. About $45,000 have come in as private donations, and there's a donation drive online.
A statement assures us, "engineers and designers are working non-stop to return him to the State Fair of Texas." Here's two digital animations of Big Tex's face and hand:
(RE)Building an Icon: Shaping Big Tex’s Face
(Re)Building an Icon: Designing Big Tex’s Hands
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