Despite the fate of Pegasus in the late 70s, Dallas never lost its affection for its beloved icon. Dallas never gave up on its downtown either, and would never stop trying to make it a vital place for people to live, work, and play. In the 90s, the two passions merged in an extraordinary way.
When the city embarked on a major downtown renovation, an urban park was planned as its centerpiece. The park would be built in a vacant corner lot almost directly beneath the Pegasus sign above.The Dallas Institute of Humanities and Culture suggested a concept celebrating the mythological creature, and Dallas sculptor and landscape artist, Brad Goldberg, brought it to life.
Fun fact: 70% of the cost of Pegasus Plaza came from private donations, including a gift of $500,000 from Greer Garson Fogelson, a golden-age Hollywood film star who lived in Dallas.
Several of the park’s features reflect the story of the mythological Pegasus. A quote from Dr. Gail Thomas, inscribed on the fountain, captures it best. "Where the hoof of Pegasus hits the ground a well springs forth and the muses come to dance and sing."