Best Unique Signs of 2015

The winning sign is all bottled up
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FIRST PLACE
Fabricator/Installer

ARTfx
Bloomfield, CT
(860) 242-0031
www.artfxsigns.com
Designer
Douglas Riccardi
Memo Productions
NYC
(212) 388-9758
www.memo-ny.com
Client
Schnipper’s Kitchen
As mentioned in the preview, this sign for Schnipper’s Quality Kitchen, a diner at 23rd and Madison in NYC, certainly pushes the envelope with outside-the-box (and, presumably, economical) material choices. The 18-in. x 26-ft. “Welcome to Schnipper’s” copy was constructed from 265 mustard-bottle caps, and the 5 x 27-ft. “Hello” comprises 960 ketchup bottles (all plastic). Self-tapping screws were used to install them.
SECOND PLACE
Fabricator/Installer

Design Communications Ltd. (DCL)
Boston
(617) 542-9620
www.designcommunicationsltd.com
Designer
Selbert Perkins Design
Arlington, MA
(781) 574-6605
www.selbertperkins.com
Client
Northeastern Univ.
Northeastern Univ.’s Bernard Marshall Gordon Tribute features a freestanding, interactive archway with motion-sensors that activate 3-D video screens and combine high-definition LCD displays with a 16mm LED matrix to tell the story of 12 influential engineers. Underground ducts pull air from a remote fan system to keep the electronics within a safe operating temperature. The shop fabricated the laminated safety glass and aluminum exoskeleton using a MultiCam CNC router and Millermatic MIG welder.
THIRD PLACE
Fabricator/Installer

DCL
Designer
Barnycz Group
Baltimore
(410) 342-9696
www.barnyczgroup.com
Client
Playhouse Square
DCL shows its diversity with a juxtaposition of high-tech for its previous winning entry, and the stately elegance of this one. The “world’s largest chandelier” (built by Lumid) unique support structure spans 110 ft. atop downtown Cleveland’s Theater District. The four gateway arches were built with formed structural steel clad with cast-aluminum scrollwork and illuminated channel letters. Marquee signs with ornamental cabinetry and double-sided LED displays project above each theater entrance. On the rooftop, a retro-style sign was installed with LED-marquee bulbs on a 50 x 85-ft. support structure.
HONORABLE MENTION
Fabricator/Designer/Installer

Barlo Signs
Hudson, NH
(603) 882-2638
www.barlosigns.com
Client
Splitsville at Patriots Place