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Best Commercial Monument Signs of 2010

Winners from the 2010 International Sign Contest’s Commercial Monument Signs Category

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FIRST PLACE

Fabricator
Gordon Sign
Denver
(303) 629-6121
www.gordonsign.com

Designer
Jayson Harker
Gordon Sign
Cheyenne, WY
(307) 637-7446

Client
Wyoming State Parks

Selling Price
$100,000

Gordon Sign helped honor Curt Gowdy – the native Wyomingite who became a Hall of Fame sportscaster and avid outdoorsman – with this 30 x 57-ft. gateway structure to his namesake park. The monument comprises ¼-in.-thick, routed, flat, cut-out aluminum fashioned with the shop’s Logixx Automation 8 x 20-ft. CNC router table to create the graphic elements. The fishing line entails ¼-in.-diameter, aluminum rod. Digital images, which Gordon created with 3M IJ-180 Controltac media on its Epson GS6000 printer, decorate the fisherman and his catch. To affix the graphic elements to the sign’s masonry base, Gordon implemented 6-in. x 12-ft., rolled-steel tubing for the arch, and 3-in.-thick, steel uprights and 12-in.-diamater poles to match the caisson footings. Matthews acrylic-polyurethane paint coats all sign parts not digitally decorated. Harker created this custom design using Corel’s X3 software.

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SECOND PLACE

Fabricator
Stoner Graphix
Hummelstown, PA
(717) 469-7716
www.stonergraphix.com

Designer
Stoner Graphix

Client
Ned Smith Center for Nature and Art

This Millersburg, PA facility honors Ned Smith, a native son who earned accolades as a fine artist for his depictions of regional woodlands and creatures, and for teaching roughly 4,000 schoolchildren annually about the area’s unique wildlife. Stoner Graphix devised the two-sided monument’s 5-ft.-diameter graphics using Gerber Omega software and fabricated it with sandblasted, handcarved and Gerber Sabre 408-routed Duna HDU components and prismatic-cut, Chemcast acrylic lettering. Akzo Nobel Grip-Gard® Base-Coat acrylic-polyurethane paint decorates the circular logo. For one of the side’s graphics, Stoner cast the carved-HDU feather, leaf and brush with a Poly-Tek rubber mold and formed the pieces from Poly-Tek resin.

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THIRD PLACE

Fabricators

Brother Zank
Custom Craftsman Signs
Sevierville, TN
(865) 429-1934

(masonry and woodwork)
Mike McClain
Sevierville, TN
(865) 805-7770

Designer
Brother Zank

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Client
Boulder Development LLC

Boulder Development LLC touts The Boulders at Maples Branch as, “Where country roads and covered bridges lead home.” To create an entry sign reflective of such a lofty slogan, Zank sandblasted Sign•Foam® 3 HDU that’s anchored to a barrel-stacked, brick planter pot. McClain fashioned the masonry base and
12-ft.-tall, cedar arbor that frames the sign.

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Fabricator
Danthonia Designs
Inverell, NSW, Australia
(612) 6723-2213
www.danthonia.com.au

Designer
Nancy Kaiser
Danthonia Designs

Client
Gympie Regional Council

Selling Price
$24,000

 

HONORABLE MENTION

Fabricator
Ruggles Sign Co.
Versailles, KY
(859) 879-1199
www.rugglessign.com

Designer
Deirdre Lyons
Alltech
Nicholasville, KY

Client
Alltech

Selling Price
$25,000
 

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