Tuesday, June 9, 2009

Best in Show Award - “Signs of the Times” 2009 International Sign Contest

We met the challenge of bringing Cooper Carry’s uniquely original design for Forest City’s, “The Shops at Wiregrass,” Tampa, Florida to glorious reality winning “Signs of the Times” highest recognition in their International Sign Contest.

Working with the Design and Development Teams, Art Display Company fabricated a beautifully detailed comprehensive sign system. From 25 foot tall fibreglass sheathed “blades of grass” illuminated by changing multi-color Kinetic Light Systems to full-color, translucent directories framed with cut-out, welded aluminum accent blades, to internally illuminated pole supports mimicking growing grass stalks, the range of detail and depth of professionalism compares favorably to the finest
craftsmanship in our profession.

The Shops at Wiregrass is an open-air retail and entertainment destination located in Wesley Chapel, Florida.It is Pasco County's newest Shopping Center, encompassing 800,000 sq. ft. of retail, restaurants and entertainment on 67 acres of land.

The main identification consist of a 25ft tall sculptural “W” that looks like blades of grass and iInternally illuminated channel letters. The “W” has welded aluminum frame covered with white painted fiberglass skin. The sculpture is illuminated by changing, multi-colored Kinetic Light system. The letters are mounted onto two separate curved raceways. “The Shop” sits 4ft behind “at Wiregrass” allowing landscaping to be installed around, between and behind the sign.

The directory sign's unique 10ft tall pole is fabricated from 6 pipes with different diameters and a light fixture built into the concrete footer. Light shoots up between the staggered pipes emphasizing the “grass shoots” growing. The directory is a double sided internally illuminated cabinet with decorative 1/2in thick painted aluminum “grass blades” welded to the post.