The panels on Nelson’s three welcome signs are beginning to rot and city council plans to rebuild them with a new design. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

The panels on Nelson’s three welcome signs are beginning to rot and city council plans to rebuild them with a new design. Photo: Bill Metcalfe

Time to vote on Nelson welcome sign designs

There are four designs in the running, with a voting deadline of Dec. 22

It’s time for the public to vote on the short-listed entries in the City of Nelson’s design competition to replace the welcome signs at the three entrances to the city.

Last year the city decided the current signs needed replacing, and conducted a public survey about themes and designs. The existing signs were originally designed and carved by the late Art Waldie in 1968 and then replicated and replaced in 2001.

The competition was launched in July. Over two rounds of the competition, 30 entries have been shortlisted to four, pictured here.

Option A. Timbers, ornamental light fixtures, lettering routed from the solid wood and painted white, metal frames for local artists to display work.

Option A. Timbers, ornamental light fixtures, lettering routed from the solid wood and painted white, metal frames for local artists to display work.

Option B. Wood: local cedar, torched in a Japanese method of wood preservation, leaving behind fire-resistant lignin. Letters: aluminum.

Option B. Wood: local cedar, torched in a Japanese method of wood preservation, leaving behind fire-resistant lignin. Letters: aluminum.

Option C. Materials: locally sourced and locally hand-carved cedar panels. Proposed colours: posts, light gray, signs dark brown/white as shown.

Option C. Materials: locally sourced and locally hand-carved cedar panels. Proposed colours: posts, light gray, signs dark brown/white as shown.

Option D. Materials: glulam columns, metallic illuminated signage, cross-laminated timber, goose-neck light fixtures to match heritage fixtures in the city.

Option D. Materials: glulam columns, metallic illuminated signage, cross-laminated timber, goose-neck light fixtures to match heritage fixtures in the city.

The voting deadline is Dec. 22. For more information about the design options and how to vote go to https://www.nelson.ca/887/Welcome-to-Nelson-Sign—-Design-Competit.

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bill.metcalfe@nelsonstar.com

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