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Thursday, June 11, 2015

Will Rogers Pioneer Tower

The show I recently did in Fort Worth was held at the Will Rogers Exhibition Hall. This building is in a gorgeous complex designed by architect Wyatt C. Hedrick in 1936 for the Texas Centennial celebration. Lots of art deco stylings and murals. The general vicinity is also home to the Amon Carter Museum and the National Cowgirl Hall of Fame and the Fort Worth Stock Show and Rodeo. Went to a soiree at the Cowgirl, wish I had more time to explore the grounds but did I mention that I was busy and that it was frigging hot?

A stones throw from our hall was the lovely Will Rogers Pioneer Tower. We showed up at about 8:00 a.m. and there were already a long line of trucks waiting to unload in front of the spire.

I looked up at the tower and admired the lovely sculpture of an eagle on top of the jutting edifice.

The next day Steve said that he thought that the eagle was an actual bird and I poo poohed him, since the bronze never moved and was also so enormous.

He came back to the booth from a trip outside about three hours later and told me that my statue had just flown away.

I don't know what kind of bird this was but it was massive. Had to be an eagle. Course if I had brought my long lens I could have nailed it.

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