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Contest underway for new Clintonville neighborhood signs

Anne Evans Anne Evans Contest underway for new Clintonville neighborhood signs
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As part of the City of Columbus’ Bicentennial Celebration, Clintonville is due to receive 7 new gateway signs. These signs will be used to visually define entrances to Clintonville. The Planning & Development Committee (P&D) and the Clintonville Area Commission (CAC) have issued a call for entries for the design of the sign’s interior.

Details on the sizing of the sign: “The City of Columbus will provide either a single or double pole with a single-sided Signboard (either 40” w x 20” ht or 60” w x 30” ht), depending on location.” Measurements for 40” x 20” are shown below:

This sample sign is already in consideration for the final design.

The design must say “Welcome to Clintonville” and all entries must be received by April 15, 2012. All signs will include the City of Columbus’ Bicentennial logo. This may be incorporated by the artist, or added in later. Anyone is permitted to enter up to 3 designs.

A Facebook group, Clintonville New Gateway Signage, has been created “as a platform to gather and communicate ideas about the new Clintonville signage.” This open group is looking for as many members as possible and will provide you a place to express your ideas about what the new signs should stand for.

There is no financial incentive being given for this contest, and all designs become the property of the CAC. You must be at least 18 years of age to enter a design. To enter, call 614-267-7400 to deliver your design to 4840 N. High St. For more details, visit www.clintonvilleareacommission.org.

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  • Personally, I’d like the sign design to incorporate the arches that are becoming prominent again. I think that would be a nice way to tie neighborhoods together.

  • cbus11

    I am not positive, but I think I remember hearing that the comission which overseas the SN/VV/IV& HW was pretty protective of the arch imagery in regards to its use in other neighborhoods.

  • Then how did similar arches get approved for Olde North Columbus and one for The KLD? They don’t have the same light-up LED effect, but I don’t think they need them. Each neighborhood could be a little different while retaining that theme…

  • cbus11

    I looked back in on it, and what I remember probably has more to do with opinions and strong personalities clashing over Weinland Park and its relationship to the Short North. In that case the signs seem to be pawns mixed in with the politics.


  • Oh, I thought you were talking about the arches themselves rather than the arch-inspired signs. I’d like to see more over-the-street arches in other neighborhoods.

  • Eliza Ho

    I also prefer designs that are different from over-the-street arches. On the Clintonville New Gateway Signage Facebook page, we did a small survey of signage in different neighborhoods and cities in central Ohio. The proposed designs for Clintonville’s gateways are quite diverse too. Check out: https://www.facebook.com/groups/376463835717474/378382302192294/?notif_t=group_activity

  • rory

    Signs are always political. And what’s going to be more political than having the community design it.

  • deedee

    All Columbus Neighborhoods and Civics are going to have the opportunity to get signs from the City of Columbus. 5 for each Area Commission and 2 for each Civic. Clintonville is combining the 2 opportunities (as is the Fifth by Northwest Area Commission) into one unified marketing effort – but cleverly packaging it as a design contest. The City of Columbus has afforded the opportunity for all neighborhoods as part of the Celebration of the Columbus Bicentennial – go C-bus!

  • deedee

    The arches are supposedly copyrighted as a part of the Short North identity.

  • Why can’t they just pay someone to do it versus a contest? I really like the idea of a facebook page to gather community input but it gets annoying when folks always think artists will just do something for free. How are they supposed to make a living?


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