The giant rotating red Pegasus sign at the top of the Magnolia Hotel in downtown Dallas is the second one to fly in that spot; the first one, installed in 1934, was retired in 1999 and has since moldered away in a couple of different storage sheds until developer Jack Matthews and the late Jeff West decided to track it down in 2012 (they did) and refurbish it to the tune of $200,000.
The dimming, two-sided original was replaced atop the Magnolia Building (once the headquarters of Magnolia Petroleum–later Mobil Oil–and in its day the highest skyscraper in town) with a brighter, shinier version in 2000, which is still in action. But finding the (appx) 40 x 40 foot original, restoring it and reinstating it downtown, this time on top of a 60-ish-foot high platform in front of the Omni Hotel, sounds just fine to us. It’s being installed over the next couple of weeks. The more Pegasuses (Pegasi? Pegusea?) around here, the merrier.
also by Christina Rees
- Goodbye to 2016, or, Tripping Over Nostalgia - December 18th, 2016
- Last Week: Los Angeles vs. New York - December 4th, 2016
- (The New World Order and) Heyd Fontenot at Conduit Gallery, Dallas - November 13th, 2016
- Glasstire and Negative Criticism in Texas - October 26th, 2016
- Expanded Drive By: Matthew Bourbon at Kirk Hopper Fine Art - September 28th, 2016