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4 February 2012

International Sign Contest 2011

Signs of the Times Magazine has gone public with the winners of the annual 'International Sign Contest'. We are pleased to announce that four of our signs won awards in this year's competition.

Beckett Park (click here for more pictures)
1st Place - Commercial Freestanding Signs

Boroondara City Council in Victoria, has a large number of parks under their care. In addition to sports fields and formal gardens they have several urban nature reserves. This unique interpretive sign was designed and created to capture the attention of passers-by and educate them on the range of indigenous plants that can be found in the reserve. Much to the enjoyment of our crew one of the species featured is called 'Danthonia Grass'. The same species that our rural property and thus our company is named after. This sign also won an award in the USSC Sign Awards last year.

Transann Trucking (click here for more pictures)
2nd Place - Commercial Freestanding Signs

We met our Transann Trucking client at the Agquip state agricultural show. He liked the look of some of our other custom sculpted Danthonia signage and asked if we could make something for his trucking company, in Coonamble. They wanted an image of a big Kenworth truck and 2 trailers driving through a wheat field with a big cloud of dust kicked up behind it.

Torquay Montessori School (click here for more pictures)
3rd Place - Commercial Freestanding Signs

This Montessori centre in Torquay, Victoria cares for 60 children aged 2-6 yrs old. It was celebrating its 10th year in business and the parents committee wanted to procure an orginal handcrafted sign that promoted 'the love of learning' via childlike activity in their seaside setting.

Liverpool Plains (click here for more pictures)
2nd Place - Commercial Sign Systems

Due to a name change the Liverpool Plains Shire Council required new entry signage for all 7 of its small towns. The signage needed to show a unity of style throughout the shire while allowing for the unique aspects of certain towns. Werris Creek for example was Australias 'first railway town'. the other towns are known for growing sunflowers in a valley surrounded by graceful hills and mountains. 

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