Wednesday, September 3, 2014

The Futile Search For The Missing Pavilion, Island & Panther At Fort Worth's Panther Island Pavilion

Yesterday I was perusing last week's Fort Worth Weekly when I came upon what sort of looked like an article, but was instead, I think, an advertisement for the latest addition to the Fort Worth playground currently known as Panther Island, with that latest addition being known as Panther Island Brewing.

Panther Island Brewing brews beer. You can go to their Panther Island Brewing website to find out what type beer they brew and how you can find yourself sampling some Panther Island Brewing beer.

Panther Island Brewing got me wondering how many things have now been added to the Trinity River Vision Boondoggle using the Panther Island name, in addition to Panther Island Pavilion.

Thinking about the absurdity of Panther Island Pavilion got me wondering about the Pavilion part of the name. As in, what is it on the banks of the Trinity River, in the area misrepresentatively called an island, which is a pavilion?

That had me Googling "pavilion" which soon had me reading the Wikipedia Pavilion article where I learned....

In architecture a pavilion (from French, "pavillon", from Latin "papilio") has two primary meanings. It can refer to a free-standing structure sited a short distance from a main residence, whose architecture makes it an object of pleasure. Large or small, there is usually a connection with relaxation and pleasure in its intended use. A pavilion built to take advantage of a view is referred to as a gazebo.

In its other primary meaning, in a symmetrical range of buildings in the classical styles, where there is a main central block – the corps de logis – the wings may end in pavilions that are emphasized in some fashion, in order to provide a full stop to the composition, like a period at the end of a sentence.

Okay, I admit I am no architectural genius, as witnessed, for example, by my failure to understand why the Kimbell Art Museum designed by Louis Kahn is a work of architectural genius achieving icon status recognized by those who know about the building in the art world, but, even though I clearly am no architectural genius, I really don't see how anything about that which is called Panther Island Pavilion is a pavilion, according to the two meanings of the word referenced above.

Yes, I am aware that there is a certain standard of word aesthetics as practiced in Fort Worth where those aesthetics are such that words really don't have to have meaning. This type aesthetic is key to a propaganda operation.

So, where words have no meaning, you can have a Trinity River Vision where there is no discernible vision, originally foisted upon the public announced in a HUGE headline in Fort Worth's propaganda purveyor, the Star-Telegram, as "Trinity Uptown Project to Make Fort Worth the Vancouver of the South."

Or, where words have no meaning, you can have a sporting goods store foisted on the public, with that same propaganda purveyor proclaiming the sporting goods store would be the #1 tourist attraction in Texas.

Or, where words have no meaning, you can stick up signs in your downtown, for years pointing tourists to Sundance Square where there is (was) no square, til recently.

And then there is Panther Island and Panther Island Pavilion.

Well, we all know there is no island. There may never be an island. And even if the large pseudo island making ditch is ever dug it still will not be what anyone with respect for the meaning of words would call an island.

And now we learn there is no actual pavilion at Panther Island Pavilion.

What about the Panther part? I know this comes from a story way back early in the last century where, supposedly, a Dallas reporter visited downtown Fort Worth and then went back to Dallas where he reported that downtown Fort Worth was so lifeless and sleepy that a panther was taking a nap on the City Hall's steps. Or was it the Tarrant County Courthouse steps?

Do we actually know for certain this panther sleeping story actually happened? Or was this just Fort Worth propaganda of that era, serving some odd purpose in furthering the villainification of Dallas?

Now, I can surely see where a reporter from lively Dallas might visit downtown Fort Worth and find it a bit laid back. Particularly if he visited on the day after Thanksgiving. Or a Sunday.

So, basically, unless we can somehow confirm this long ago sleeping panther story there is nothing with real meaning in the Panther Island Pavilion name.

But, with Panther Island Brewing at least part of the name is based on something real. At least I hope this brewery is really brewing beer.

I have already opined that the Panther Island nonsense needs to stop, so I won't repeat myself, yet again....

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

The Tarrant County Jail is the envy of every municipal law enforcement entity from coast to coast. It will be renamed... The Panther City/Island Incarceration Pavilion. Tours at 10, 2 and 5.