On Sunday we spent some time at Switch on Agricola St – that wonderful event when the street is closed to cars and self propelled folks flood the space.
Among the many visual joys I was attracted by some signs connected to a musical performance: sophisticated, urban and perfect for their setting.
When I tweeted them and some other sign images my colleague at Bloggers suggested these would make a good post. I’m easily encouraged cause signs are us. Let me show you.
I had paired the urban signs with a couple of more rural signs that both approximate official signs. The horse crossing pictograph (near Wallace) is so carefully painted it’s clear my horse is crossing and I love my horse. The hand cut stencil and upper and lower case letters really makes you believe that ChiLDREN are present (Fergusons Cove).
Here is an other example where the letter form helps communicate the message. This sign at the Cole Harbour Trail was produced quickly after Hurricane Juan. Most of the message uses commercial stencils but “DANGER” needed to be bold and was hand cut. Looked like danger to me.
When I noticed this sign on the side of the YMCA I just stood there and felt a wave of affection and sadness for the sign writer. Each letter was cut and stenciled individually, it would have taken hours. And then the sign says nothing or the opposite of what it means. “Zone No” is a great phrase though.
Let’s look at some signs that are more joyful. This fruit stand in Grand Pré is a masterpiece of integrating words with architecture (and I’m a huge fan of arrows).
This sign at the Seaport Market is brilliant in its simplicity. It says just enough. No need to add “homemade.”
One of my all time favourite signs and a reminder to record /preserve what you love. For decades it was on a plumbing supply company in a building on the Mother’s Pizza location. When stopped at the lights we would often point and say “hard to get replacement parts.” In fact we still do. . . because hilarious. Need I mention the arrow?
A precise little sign in Sheet Harbour is appropriate for someone who ties fishing flies.
And to end, here is the restoration of old signage in Mill Village. A community store has been saved by using it as a work experience project for clients of the local sheltered workshop. A beautiful site and a beautiful idea – see fellow bloggers The Local Traveler’s post.