North Fair Oaks: Entry Sign Sculptures

 

LAST UPDATE: 8/31/15



Project History

In mid-2014, San Mateo County put out a call for artists to submit proposals for entry signs for North Fair Oaks, an unincorporated area of San Mateo County adjacent to the cities of Redwood City, Atherton and Menlo Park. North Fair Oaks is home to approximately 15,000 residents in a 1.2 mile square area.

 

A variety of conceptual ideas were presented by artists and designers at a community meeting in September 2014 where residents and County staff provided input. After much discussion, the North Fair Oaks Public Art Workgroup selected the concept developed by artist Kent Manske, whose figurative sculpture designs received the most public votes. In January 2015, ten silhouette designs, color choices and location suggestions were presented at a North Fair Oaks community meeting. Four entry signs were selected.

 

Manske says his design concept was “to engage the diversity and forward thinking nature of the community with signs that behave less like generic welcome signs and function more to unify the community through celebration, inclusiveness and positiveness.” To develop the concept, the artist photographed residents of North Fair Oaks, including musicians, dancers, artists, families, health care workers, scientists, custodians, firefighters and gardeners. Working collaboratively with North Fair Oaks citizens and local businesses was important to the artist's community based vision for the project.

 

Kent Manske lives and works in North Fair Oaks. He is a co-founder of PreNeo Press art studio with his partner, Nanette Wylde. North Fair Oaks and San Mateo County businesses were engaged in all aspects of design, production and installation of the entry signs.
 

Project Participants

Kent Manske, Artist
Elizabeth Dallman, San Mateo County
Keller Industries, Metal Fabrication, Tim Keller
Creative Gates Inc, Powder Coating, Jose Moreno
Beres Construction, Engineering & Installation, David Beres

Signarama, Vinyl Lettering

 

North Fair Oaks

North Fair Oaks Community
North Fair Oaks Community Council

North Fair Oaks public Art

 

Press

Forgotten Area Between Atherton and Redwood City Seeks Revitalization
By Allison McCartney, Peninsula Press

 

Events

A public event will be held in October 2015 to acknowledge recent public art projects in the North Fair Oaks community.

 

 


 

Photo Documentation

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Entry Sign Sculpture locations in North Fair Oaks

 

 

 


 

Procedures & User Manual

 

This document provides information regarding the construction and installation of the entry signs. The signs will be maintained by the County of San Mateo Public Works department. Should any of the signs need repair, the public is encouaged to contact the County. Public Works is encouraged to work closely with and seek the advise of the professionals listed at the top of this page.

 

 

Artwork, Design & Project Management

Kent Manske, PreNeo Press

 

 

 

 

Ten "Entry Sign Sculpture" designs presented to public

 

 

 

Four "Entry Signs Sculpture" designs selected by the public for fabrication

 

 


 

Installation Design & Engineering

David Beres, Beres Construction

 

 

 

Installation Drawing Details

downloadable .pdf files

Installation drawing detail 1
Installation drawing detail 2

Installation drawing detail 3

 

 

 


 

Fabrication

Keller Industries

 

 

Water-jet cutting of guitar figure from 5' x 11' x 1" thick panel of aluminum

 

 

 

Figures in stacked position for edge softening with hand grinder

 

 


 

Power Coating

Creative Gates

 

 

Taking "mother & child" out of oven after one coat of gray primer

 

 

 

Taking "mother & child"out of oven after one coat of yellow pigment

 

 

 

Stacking powder coated signs in preparation for installation

 

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Powder Coating Colors

1. Orange
Cardinal
C909-OG201
Super Durable Orange

Color of: T009-OG01

NOTE: Aerosol spray paint available from manufacturer

2. Yellow
Tiger Drylac Powder Coating
Exterior (non-arch.)
38/20023

Other references to this color:
049/22490
RAL 1023

NOTE: Aerosol spray paint available from manufacturer

3. Aqua Blue
Tiger Drylac Powder Coating
Exterior (non-arch.)
38/50027

Other references to this color:
049/50990
RAL6027

NOTE: Aerosol spray paint available from manufacturer

4. Purple
Prismatic Powders
Orchid Lavender
PSS-961

Description: Lilac purple

NOTE: Aerosol spray paint is NOT available from manufacturer

 

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Color Samples Supplied

Small powder coated test samples, one for each color, was provided to the County by Kent Manske.

 

 

 

These samples were powder coated at the same time as the actual sculptures. The samples can be used for:
1. Testing color longevity.

2. Matching color
3. Testing graffitti removal products

4. Testing anti-graffitti top coats

 

The County was recommended to store these samples in a dark place. In the future, the samples could be brought to entry sign sculpture locations to learn if explosure to light has changed the pigment color

 

 


 

Touch up Paint

 

Products supplied to the County of San Mateo for future touch up.

 

 

 

Color sequence based on photo above

 

1. Purple

Custom mix by Kelly-Moore Paint Company- San Carlos

Rustoleum 208054 S39 BYND DP

Color: 15-427-114R

 

2. Orange

Cardinal Paint, match of original powder coating

A-4108-0G01

Gloss Safety Ornage

 

 

3. Aqua Blue

Tiger Drylac, match of original powder coating

Omni•Fill, Premium EZ Touch MasterBlend

B45112, DV12

49/50990

 

4. Yellow

Tiger Drylac, match of original powder coating

Omni•Fill, Premium EZ Touch MasterBlend

B45112, DV12

49/22490

 

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Touch up Powder Coating Primer

Primer used by Creative Gates for touch up.

 

Powder Coating primer

Cardinal

A-4104-GR312

Semi Gloss Gray

Aerosal Touchup Air Dry Acrylic Enamel

 

 

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Base of Skateboarder

Color used to match base below skateboarder with surrounding plant life.

 

 

 


 

Graffiti Resistant Coating

The County of San Mateo applied this top coat after entry sign sculptures were installed.

 

Rustoleum 9900 System Anit-Graffiti Water-Based Urethane

 


 


 

Installation

Beres Construction

 

 

 

Fabricated hardware

 

 

 

Digging a 4' x 5' x 2' deep hole

 

 

 

Side view of re-bar infrastructure with installation hardware

 

 

 

Top view of re-bar infrastructure with installation hardware

 

 

 

Cement pour

 

 

 

Cement after drying, before installation

 

 

 

Transport to installation site

 

 

 

Lowering flat on carpet

 

 

Raising with back hoe

 

 

 

Sliding into slot, then tighten three bolts above concrete

 

 

 

Installation crew, Beres Construction

 

 

 


 

Vinyl Lettering

Signarama

 

 

Specifications
White cast vinyl with cast laminate. This lettering was custom designed by the artist. Always use the "master file" below. Do not use any standard font.

 

Master Typography for Cast Vinyl

downloadable .pdf file

Typography

 

Vinyl Installation Instructions
downloadable .pdf files


Mother & Child 1

Mother & Child 2

 

Skateboarder 1

Skateboarder 2

 

Guitar Player 1

Guitar Player 2

 

Father & Son 1

Father & Son 2

 

 


 

Maintenance

The County of San Mateo Public Works will maintain the North Fair Oaks entry sign sculptures. Public Works is encouraged to work closely with the professionals listed at the top of this page.

 

Should any of the signs need repair, the public is encouaged to contact a North Fair Oaks Community representative.