Sign & Digital Graphics

February '18

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S I G N & D I G I T A L G R A P H I C S • February 2018 • 65 A n electric sign company in Broomfield, Colorado, wanted bigger jobs and to diversify its product mix, so it jumped at a chance to create large-scale art. BSC Signs—the BSC refers to Broomfield Sign Co.—moved from 8,000 square feet of space to 21,000 square feet and 21-foot ceilings in 2014 and launched an architectural and lighting divi- sion, BSC Custom, growing from a staff of 25 to 38. "Now that we have a big shop, we are looking at bigger, more interesting projects," says John Dobie, founder and president of BSC Signs. "It gave us a lot of space, and we started thinking about what else we could build besides signs." The space became a useful setting for BSC Custom to fabri- cate the Littleton Village Outdoor Art Project, an architectural project and leaf canopy sculpture at Central Park in the Littleton Village, a 77-acre planned development in southeast Littleton. "They wanted to feature a piece that is not only beautiful to look at but functional, providing a shade structure," Dobie says. "Families can meet up and relax and have a little bit of shade in the summer." What the Sculptures Look Like Staff at BSC Custom envisioned producing a leaf sculpture that incorporates biomimcry by replicating true life with "bold, modern architecture," as stated in a write-up about the project, "Littleton Village Outdoor Art Project," http://bsccustom.com/ littleton-village/. "It mixes nature and manmade together to look like modern architecture with natural elements to it," Dobie says. BSC Custom built two leaf elements for the sculpture, each with a central pole and three leaves, and installed a set of five O N T H E J O B Art BSC Signs expands beyond electric signs to fabricating large-scale sculptures B Y S H E L L E Y W I D H A L M The aerial view shows the colors and components of the Littleton Village Outdoor Art Project. ADDING TO THE MIX

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