A hot new attraction in Texas happened by accident.
The “Leaning Tower of Dallas” was born on Feb. 16 when a demolition implosion went awry at an 11-story office building.
After the smoke cleared, the core shaft of the resilient structure remained.
It was a little lopsided.
For the past week, the tilting remnant has became a must-visit social media sensation, bringing joy to Instagrammers who flocked to the scene to take photos of themselves pretending to push it down or hold it up in creative poses.
“It’s a bit more crumbled than the Leaning Tower of Pisa, obviously,” Trevor Plant, an 11-year-old selfie-snapper, told the Dallas-Forth Worth CBS affiliate.
The tower gained such a devoted following that a Change.org petition was launched to solidify it as UNESCO World Heritage Site as well as a Texas Historical Landmark, thereby saving the structure and preventing “hideous shops and condos” from taking its place. The petition earned almost 1,500 signatures.
But all good things must come to an end, and a demolition crew returned to the scene at 9:30 a.m. Monday morning to finish what they started. This time they brought a wrecking ball.
But you can still see a version of the now-famous site at the Dallas Fort Worth Legoland Discovery Center. Its replica of the city skyline in Lego now has a bricked version of the tower, complete with little selfie-taking figurines.