Best Commercial Monument Signs of 2015
Commercial Monument Signs
Brad Hominick Productions Ltd.
Thunder Bay, ON, Canada
Neustadt, ON, Canada
A former billboard painter for CBS Outdoor, Hominick, now a self-employed fabricator, masterfully poured his creative energy into this monument sign that proudly identifies Nipigon, ON, a community of 1,700 where fishing on Lake Superior and the Nipigon River provides both vocation and recreation for many.
Hominick hired a structural engineer to design the tubular-metal support structure, which he MIG-welded to form, and the sign’s concrete footings. For the sign’s base, Hominick built the structure from 3-in.-thick Douglas fir using a circular saw, bandsaw, jigsaw, reciprocating saw and planer. He joined the pieces with self-tapping bolts. He outsourced 3-D-element fabrication to Gemini, which built the fish from 3/8-in.-thick aluminum and fashioned the Nipigon logo and slogan from ½-in.-thick acrylic. Donaldson Ropes provided the netting, and Nichols Contracting furnished the landscaping rocks.
Custom Craftsman Signs
City of Pigeon Forge
Originally, city officials wanted this sign to be crafted from reclaimed barnwood; for easy maintenance and optimal durability, they ultimately agreed to use Trex composite-decking material. Zank fabricated all graphic elements using Sign Arts Products’ Sign*Foam®4 HDU. The main copy was saw-cut and carved; the secondary text was “wiggle sawed” and round-carved. The secondary logo panel was bonded together 5 in. thick over 2-in. steel tubing. Miller Iron Works produced the embedded steel, and Fred Frische shaped a few pieces with a ShopBot CNC router.
Elsmore, NSW, Australia
(800) 781-8757 (US number)
Mackay Regional Council
The governing council of this Queensland community wanted a distinctive entry statement; as usual, Danthonia delivered. The monument has an aluminum-post structure under an expanded-polyurethane foam (EPS) that’s processed with a hot-wire cutter and polyurea-coated for a hammer-proof finish. Danthonia hand-sculpted the sugarcane and other details from laminated Sign*Foam 3 HDU using Pfeil chisels and applied artwork and letters with 3M adhesives. A Roland CAMM-1 plotter generated the paint masks; artistic elements were handpainted. Dulux Weathershield paints and a Graffiti Buster 200 topcoat will protect the monument from weather and vandals for years to come.