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2022 Sign Contest: Best Outside Design/Shop Fabrication, Illuminated

“Emily’s Alley” photos by Nic Rentfrow of Grizzly Media

FIRST PLACE

Drawing on the innovative spirit of Denver resident Emily Griffith and her namesake opportunity school, these signs for The Slate Hotel, Tapestry Collection by Hilton’s mixed-use area, “Emily’s Alley,” showcase handcrafted accents, specific color matches and tooth-mark details. DaVinci used ¼-in. aluminum, ⅛-in. rolled aluminum, mask and Bondo to form the sculptures, as well as sign foam for the erasers. Bronzing powder for the centerpiece pencil’s paint application helps the entry shine.

Fabricator
DaVinci Sign Systems Inc. | Windsor, CO | davincisign.com

Designer
ArtHouse Design
Denver

Installer: DaVinci Sign Systems Inc.

Client: Stonebridge Companies

Fabrication Equipment/Tools: Router, paint booth, paint mask, jig cutter, test fitter, digital printer, hand fabrication

Installation Equipment/Tools: Crane truck, various hand tools, ladder

Materials/Components: ¼-in. aluminum, ⅛-in. rolled aluminum, bronzing powder, specific paint match, mask, Bondo, sign foam

Software: Adobe Creative Suite, CorelDRAW, SAi EnRoute

Other Components/Tools: Hand-hewn tooth marks at the direction of ArtHouse

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SECOND PLACE

These murals decorating all sides of the up-and-coming CitizenM Brickell hotel in Miami were created by printing UV inks on perforated and regular vinyl. A laminate over the vinyl helps protect the print from the Florida sun.

Fabricator
Oakhurst Signs & Graphics | St. Petersburg, FL | oakhurstsigns.com

Designer
Jen Stark
Los Angeles

Installer: AdGraphics

Client: citizenM

Fabrication Equipment/Tools: UV printing, vinyl printing

Installation Equipment/Tools: 3M Technology

Materials/Components: UV ink on perforated vinyl and regular vinyl, laminate for UV protection

Software: Adobe Illustrator

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THIRD PLACE

PVC, acrylic tube, aluminum tube, foam core, high-performance printing and laminating vinyl, and simple plastic balls come together in this project for a Connecticut library’s fundraising gala. Designed by industrial designer Alex Isley, the acrylic tubes are slowly filled with the plastic balls as money is raised.

Fabricator
ARTfX | Bloomfield, CT | artfxsigns.com

Designer
Alexander Isley Inc.
Redding, CT

Installer: ARTfx

Client: New Canaan Library

Fabrication Equipment/Tools: Multiple Miller welders, HP Latex 700 Printer, Royal Sovereign Laminator, Graphtec FC9000, DeVilbiss Spray Booth and Spray Gun

Installation Equipment/Tools: Hand tools

Materials/Components: 1-in. PVC, 8-in. acrylic tube, 1-in. and ¾-in. aluminum tube, foam core, high-performance printing and laminating vinyl, 1-in. and 2-in. plastic balls

Software: Gerber Omega, CorelDRAW 22, ONYX Go

PHOTO GALLERY (20 IMAGES)

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