Signs of the Times - January 2013 - (Page 64)

Supreme Wrap The less you noticed, the better By Wade Swormstedt A baseball axiomyou don‘t best says the umpire is the one even notice. Unfortunately, umpires typically attract attention only when they make a mistake (such as ruining what should have been the last out of Detroit Tiger pitcher Armando Galarraga’s June 3, 2010 perfect game). And the U.S. Supreme Court would have been quite happy this past year if no one, especially tourists, realized it was undergoing repair. Who’d want to send a meta- phorical message that our justice system had cracks in it? Concern surfaced “seven years after a chunk of marble fell 100 feet onto the stairs leading to the entrance, where it broke into pieces,” according to a May 12, 2012 CNN article. And, from a website called “Architect of the Capitol,” whose tagline is “serving Congress and the Supreme Court, preserving America’s Capitol and inspiring memorable experiences,” comes a similar, May 2012 explanation: “In December 2005, a modillion from the pediment cornice failed and fell to the ground, which initiated the planning for the restoration of the building’s west facade. Emergency repair work has been performed on the West Portico over several years during summer recess of the Court, but now full restoration work is ready to begin.” The aesthetic solution? Completely covering the 77-year-old, white Vermont Imperial Danby marble structure with a fabric wrap that replicates the building. The 64 SIGNS OF THE TIMES / JANUARY 2013 /

Table of Contents for the Digital Edition of Signs of the Times - January 2013

Signs of the Times - January 2013
ST Update
Technology Update
Vinyl Apps
Strictly Commercial
Lighting Techniques
The Moving Message
Technology Review
Technology Review
Design Matters
New Products
Scenes from the Global Village
Crane Truck Safety Advice
Supreme Wrap
The Value of Signs
Industry News
Advertising Index
Editorially Speaking

Signs of the Times - January 2013