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Monroe’s new gateway signs

Michael Whitney photo

MONROE — The new Monroe monument sign at the 522 roundabout finished installation Wednesday, May 25 and was being polished Thursday. The letters stand about 8 feet tall from top to bottom, and the metal “mountains” behind it peak at 15 feet tall. This sign is 32 feet wide.
A smaller version is near Lewis Street Park.
The design is meant to evoke a story of Monroe being situated between the river and the mountains. The sign’s bottom frontage is river rock sourced from within Washington state.
Tangram, a consulting firm, designed the look.
The black section featuring the word Washington is an actual construction
I-beam that was manipulated and bent.
On Thursday, May 26 (above), people from Graphic House, which constructed the signs, polished the 522 sign among other finishing work.
An employee from Graphic House, Lea Ballmer, said this was one of the most challenging and interesting jobs they’ve done.




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