Best Murals/Exhibit Graphics of 2016

Illuminated, handpainted and sculpted signs embody category's diversity

First Place

Pinnacle Signs
Springfield, MO
(417) 869-6468
Missouri St. Univ.

Missouri St.’s (MSU) Forsythe Athletics Center, which also houses the Mary Jo Wynn Academic Achievement Center, serves the competitive and scholastic needs of many of the school’s student athletes. Players, coaches and fans will undoubtedly feel more team spirit thanks to Pinnacle’s sign program.
The standoff-installed, glass-panel graphics convey a timeline that honors former Bears athletes and memorable victories, feature printed photo decals. Throughout the facility, the MSU logo was rendered large via an AXYZ CNC router-cut metal frame and vinyl-clad, 3/16-in.-thick acrylic faces, with Principal LED backlighting that enhances the bear’s ferocity. Printed graphics were produced with 3M or Oracal media on the shop’s HP DesignJet printer.
Other elements include vertical, frosted-glass panels that honor past all-conference players, a donor-recognition panel, and anadjacent, 3/8-in.-thick perforated-metal wall with an applied-vinyl Bears logo.
Second Place

Manfred Didier
Marcus Goebels
Timber Signs
Ofterschwang, Germany
Manfred Didier
City of Delavan, WI

It takes a city to raise a mural. With the help of veteran Walldogs Cameron Bortz, Brad Ferguson, Doug Haffner, Bill Riedel and others, Delavan (population 8,500 – sa-lute!) will undoubtedly attract tourism with these handcrafted displays. Didier created the template with an Artograph projector, and the crew handpainted the three individual scenes that create a 21 x 12-ft. display that captures Delavan’s industrial legacy, with Nova acrylic paints.
Third Place

Jennifer DeVos
Lisa Walker
The Graphix Garage
Pickford, MI
(906) 297-2029
Jennifer DeVos
Museum of Ojibwa Culture

The Graphix Garage fabricated eight, 8-ft.-tall signs for the Museum of Ojibwa Culture, a St. Ignace, MI institution. The project involved fabricating one general-information placard, and one for each of the tribe’s seven clans. DeVos routed the HDU signs with a ShopBot CNC router, and the duo built the animal sculptures using Magic Sculpt textured modeling epoxy. Finally, they painted the elements with Sherwin-Williams exterior-latex paint and secured them to their MIG-welded steel support beams, which are ensconced within concrete foundations.

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