Burning Big Tex lives on in Texans’ hearts, memories

Big Tex returned to the State Fair of Texas on Sept. 23, but his 2012 demise stays fresh in Texans’ minds.

OCTOBER 10, 2015 - Texas fans, Mark Jacobs, Jennifer Bowland, Billy Jacobs, behind, and Ryan Jacobs, left to right, enjoy a famous Fletcher's corndog in front "Big Texas" at the State Fair of Texas before the start of the Big 12 conference game between Texas and Oklahoma held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Tx., on Saturday, October 10, 2015. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

OCTOBER 10, 2015 – Texas fans, Mark Jacobs, Jennifer Bowland, Billy Jacobs, behind, and Ryan Jacobs, left to right, enjoy a famous Fletcher’s corndog in front “Big Texas” at the State Fair of Texas before the start of the Big 12 conference game between Texas and Oklahoma held at the Cotton Bowl in Dallas, Tx., on Saturday, October 10, 2015. (RODOLFO GONZALEZ / AMERICAN-STATESMAN)

The Dallas Morning News on Tuesday commemorated the fiery destruction of Big Tex with short profiles of people who memorialized the event in prints, in photographs and tattoos.

When Dallas artist Clay Stinnett added flames to his canvases of the genial, slightly creepy looking State Fair icon, he took Big Tex’s persona and made it grittier – into a “red hot punk icon,” the Dallas Morning News said. The fact that the Dallas Morning News profiled a man who tattooed a detailed burning Big Tex on his left leg only reinforced the idea of “punk icon.” Another North Texas artist created linoleum prints and a candle depicting Big Tex’s burning visage.

When Big Tex burned in 2013, State Fair officials said they received $95,000 in donations to rebuild the iconic statue. The statue cost an estimated $500,000 to build.

h/t Dallas Morning News


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