CoSign Marches On

18 September
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Participating business owners unveiled their new signs on Black Friday - Northside's Shop Local Day

The ten winning designs have been selected for the lucky ten Northside businesses that will receive signs through the CoSign project.  They are being submitted to the City of Cincinnati with the expectation that permits will be issued in September.  A slate of fabricators are eagerly awaiting the go-ahead to begin construction of the 10 projecting signs, which will be unveiled one-by-one on the morning of Black Friday during Northside’s annual “Shop Local” celebration.

The project began in mid-June with a Call to Artists in conjunction with a Call to Businesses and has progressed over the last three months with site surveys, workshops and the “Rapid Prototyping Blitz,” where designers and business owners meet fabricators to consult over final designs to be submitted to the judging panel.  Twenty-five Northside businesses originally applied for signs; 63 artists submitted a total of 267 designs.  The ten chosen sign designs will create even more critical mass by doubling the ten signs originally designed and built for CoSign 2012.

CoSign 2013 as well as the original CoSign 2012 were made possible through two grants of $150,000 each from the Carol Ann and Ralph V. Haile, Jr./U.S. Bank Foundation.  The additional award of $200,000 from the nationally recognized ArtPlace will allow the museum to take CoSign across the river to Covington, KY in early 2104.  The museum also intends to create a “CoSign toolkit,” which would enable cities across the US to replicate CoSign.

Eric Avner of the Haile Foundation helps unveil CoSign signs in Northside, Black Friday, 2012

Eric Avner of the Haile Foundation helps unveil CoSign signs in the Northside neighborhood of Cincinnati, Black Friday, 2012

For you visual folks, it’s all right here.

See also earlier blog posts about CoSign.

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