Wednesday, May 22, 2013
Creepy rendering of Big Tex shows he’s almost ready for the State Fair
The Fair’s got 128 days left to turn these haunting images back into the world’s tallest Official Greeter.
Big Tex Update - Design Phase Complete
FAIR PARK So far we’ve seen some video sneak peeks at the harder-better-faster Big Tex’s new hands and face as the golden-throated, behatted phoenix rises from the ashes. Today, the State Fair of Texas dispatches an even more detailed look-see at Tex’s face as it takes shape. And, yes, this is just a computer-generated rendering bereft coloring and those big brown eyes. But it’s still creepy. Very creepy. I am not alone in this assessment.
One Twitterer says he looks like Green Goblin and offers the side-by-side comparison; it’s hard to dispute. Another: “Big Candyman.” Writes one Jason Spooner, “Big Tex is staring into my soul! Make him stop! Make him stop!” Even outgoing council member Angela Hunt agrees with by offering this separated-at-birth seen above.
Alas: “That’s the last one you’re going to see from us,” vows Sue Gooding, spokesperson for the State Fair of Texas. “You can start turning the lights off at night again.”
Time’s getting tight: The Fair’s got 128 days left to turn these haunting images (and these, for that matter) back into the world’s tallest Official Greeter. Gooding says it’ll happen. Book it.
“We are committed to bringing him back,” she says, with the assistance of the “puppeteers, animatronics experts, industrial designers, mechanical-structural-electrical-civil engineers, and clothing designers” mentioned in a morning heads-up.
Gooding has said previously that it will cost $600,000 to rebuild Big Tex, and that insurance will only cover $155,000 of that. A fundraising campaign will only cover some of the difference: Gooding says this morning that “we are up to almost $75,000″ in donations. So who’ll cover the rest?
“We are going to have some corporate sponsors that will be helping us out,” she says. They’ve yet to be named, and when they are their monikers will be part of the new Big Tex Circle currently under construction on the fairgrounds. Gooding says they won’t be clothing sponsors: He’ll still be covered in Dickies, and Lucchese will provide him with “some really fancy boots this year.” But other than that, she says, “We’re not going to turn him into NASCAR.”
Incidentally, the new Big Tex Circle will cost $680,000. And the State Fair of Texas is paying for the whole thing.
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