Best Electric Freestanding Signs of 2010
The Noah Liff Opera Center
Home to the Nashville Opera, the Noah Liff Opera Center also offers facilities for various types of corporate and social gatherings. The 20-ft.-tall, pylon sign, which features a circular cabinet and Artfx’s custom support pedestal, creates a strong sense of place. Its components entail a 0.125-in.-thick, aluminum face with push-through, ½-in.-thick Acrylite acrylic copy. The shop’s Gerber Sabre 408 CNC router produced the 3-D elements. Concealed within the aluminum skin is a 12 x 12 x ½-in., steel-box beam, which Artfx seamlessly welded with a single bend. A combination of T12 U-9 bulbs and straight fluorescent fixtures provide backlighting, and Artfx coated the components with Akzo Nobel’s Grip-Gard acrylic-polyurethane paint.
Young Electric Sign Co.
Len den Dulk
This 46-ft.-tall, double-sided, development-ID sign features a 2 x 2 x 3/16-in., structural-steel frame and an 0.080-in., aluminum skin. The property ID features 1-in.-thick, push-through Acrylite acrylic decorated with 3M Controltac vinyl over a flat, cut-out, aluminum first surface. Tenant-ID panels entail 0.125-in., CNC-routed aluminum faces clad with second-surface acrylic and vinyl overlays. The sign’s architecture mimics the property’s existing elements.
JB Equities XIII LLC
Mangia! This sign, which measures 20 ft. x 16 ft. 7 in., features 2-in.-deep, fabricated-aluminum wings painted with Matthews metallic, acrylic-polyurethane paint and accented with 15mm EGL clear-gold neon. Security Signs produced the “V” with a 1-ft.-deep, 0.090-in.-thick aluminum cabinet that’s accented with EGL’s 15mm CL 83 Designer White neon. Fabricators produced the 5-in.-deep, exposed-neon channel letters with Matthews paint that matches Pantone shade 485C throughout. EGL’s 15mm, tangerine tubing brightens the letters.