Everything falls into place for Acme Brick’s 124th birthday
Acme Brick celebrated the company’s 124th birthday on April 17th by toppling over 4,000 bricks
By Ron Taylor
Most “topples” are built with dominos but this installation used real Acme Brick: solid paving brick from Acme’s Tulsa Plant, as well as several hundred specialty brick from other Acme plants.
The display was designed and executed by Domino Dan Beckerleg, a master “toppler” who has produced similar events for other major corporations. Dan traveled to Fort Worth from his home Poughkeepsie, N.Y. and labored for two days to construct his design in the 1,500 square-foot Central Plaza of Fort Worth’s famed Water Gardens. “It’s been a challenge to scale up from dominos to Acme bricks but it’s been fun and definitely a learning experience, said Dan. For one thing, dropping a brick on your toe is a much different experience than dropping a domino.”
If not the longest, this was surely one of Dan’s heaviest topples with the 4,300 bricks weighing in at 15,518 pounds (seven and a half tons). The actual topple only took about four minutes.
The Fort Worth Water Gardens is a 4.3 acre urban park designed by architect Philip Johnson and dedicated in 1974. It is in the south end of downtown Fort Worth, bounded by Lancaster Avenue, Houston Street, the Fort Worth Convention Center and Commerce Street.
About the Author
Ron Taylor is a company spokesman for Acme Brick Company.