John Neely Bryan, Cephalopod

Solomon
Self-Portrait of John Neely Bryan (hypothetical), 1877
Steel and beaks

Confined in his last days to an insane asylum in Austin, no one knows what final confusions the founding father of Dallas confronted before his death. Did the lines between selfhood and otherhood blur completely? Did fesh confate with metal, the eternal with the temporal, the mammal with the cephalopod? Is the city he began a city in fact or only in shared delusion?

Gift to the City of Dallas
from Margaret McDermott

_johnbradley reports:

A rather interesting art piece under the Kay Bailey Hutchinson Convention Center on S. Lamar, near DART rail.

For what it's worth, John Neely Bryan did found the township of Dallas and later died in the Texas State Lunatic Asylum in Austin. However, it's doubtful this was a gift from Margaret McDermott, after whom the bridge in Dallas is named. Also, it's not made of steel and beaks.

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