Wednesday, October 9, 2013
10 wacky facts about Big Tex 2.0
He now has a more "proportionally correct" backside.
New Tex has a whole new wardrobe and a new face. Here are 10 things we bet you didn't know about him, adapted from "Half-Million-Dollar-Man" illustration from Michael Hogue of The Dallas Morning News.
Tall Texan: Big Tex is about half the height of the Statue of Liberty. She's 111' 6" tall from heel to the top of her head.
Co$t: Big Tex cost $500,000 to build, $288,900 of which is coming from the State Fair. The rest was funded through donations.
He's got the power: Directly under Big Tex is a vault that houses the big man's power supply and sound-control machinery.
Too much fried food?: Big Tex has a waist size of 434 inches by a 240-inch inseam. That's a bit bigger than the average Dickie's customer, whose waist size is 36 inches with a 30-inch inseam.
Those boots: Big Tex's boots are 10' 6" long and weigh about 900 pounds each. The boots are modeled after the Lucchese Texas States Boots. The human versions of the boots cost $10,000.
Back that a** up: Big Tex is three feet taller now. But one of the more visible changes in his physique is a (ahem) more "proportionally correct" backside. The request to enhance his posterior was made by Mitchell Glieber, the senior vice president of sponsorships for the State Fair of Texas. State Fair staff refer to the addition as "The Mitch" in homage of its namesake.
On the move: The Big Tex's body had the structural integrity to be his own trailer. A triple-axle setup along with temporary wiring for lights and brakes was attached to the structure for transportation from San Antonio to Dallas.
What he's made of: Big Tex's shirt is made from awning material and weighs about 130 pounds. The jeans are made from denim and weigh about 100 pounds. It takes 100 yards of denim to make the jeans and 150 yards of fabric to make the shirt.
Inside, Styrofoam: A 3-D mold was made out of Styrofoam while making Big Tex's head. Separate pieces of the head were cut, then glued together to form the face. Molds for the hands, boots and hat were also created this way.
25,000 pounds: When Tex was lifted by crane during installation, it was the first actual weighing of the structure. He weighed in at 25,000 pounds, right on the dot.