Signs of the Times - May 2017 - 48
BIG CAT COMIN' AT YOU
AND CARVING A
OWNER, BETHUNE SIGNS INC.
wife and both
of my children
School in Tampa,
FL, so I made the
sign for their stadium back in 1998.
Not long after that, the Plant football
team racked up four state championships (2006, 2008, 2009 and 2011), but
I can't take all the credit! In addition
Bethune Sign Inc.'s (Tampa, FL) new dimensional sign stares down the
entrants to Dad's Stadium, home of the Plant High School Panthers.
to gridiron success, Plant is also a
very fine academic institution with
a ranking of 17th best high school in
Florida and 263rd best in the nation.
STALKING A NEW DESIGN
When a recent storm destroyed the
stadium sign, Assistant Principal
Lauren Otero contacted me to make
Mike Bethune sketched this panther mascot based on a sticker the assistant
principal showed him.
SIGNS OF THE TIMES
them a new one. The sign would
include the school mascot, a panther.
Problem was, though, that the school
uses several different versions of the
panther. At the main entrance, for
example, there's a lighted sign of a
panther in a stalking stance. I wanted
to do something more dramatic and
attention grabbing, staring at (and
scaring) visiting opponents as they
entered Plant's home field, Dad's
Stadium - a panther coming right at
you with fangs showing. Sure enough,
when I met Lauren at the office, I saw
she had a sticker with a panther head
like I envisioned. I told her that was
the look I had in mind for the sign, so
I sat down that night and designed
the sign using CorelDRAW.
The high school administrators
really liked the design, so I Googled
"panther heads," and found several
with their mouths open showing