Photo courtesy City of Richmond
A record 424 submissions reflects the growing enthusiasm for Richmond’s street banner contest.
But for the community judging panel tasked with selecting 20 designs as semifinalists in the 2019 collection, then asking the public to pare that down to just 10, was equally challenging.
In the end, city council was elated Monday to celebrate the local artists whose creativity will be on display throughout the city.
“The winning banners showcase the incredible range of artistic talent in Richmond,” said Mayor Malcolm Brodie. “Council is committed to ongoing engagement with our community and this contest is just one of the many ways residents can participate in making our city a beautiful place.”
The entries represented one of the contest’s 10 themes: Island city; transportation; active living; arts; city centre; heritage; urban farming; waterfront; nature; and culture. More than 3,400 ‘likes’ were achieved over a week of judging, and the top 10 designs with the most ‘likes’ were chosen as this year’s winners.
Nick Frühling designed this year’s transportation banner. The Steveston resident was inspired by the humble history of Interurban Tramcar 1220 and loved the idea of illustrating the beloved local attraction in the style of vintage travel posters.
Over 1,200 street banners are produced for the city each year. A complete set of the new street banners are currently on display at Richmond City Hall. The winning banners will be installed throughout the city starting later this week, and will remain on display until early 2020. For more information on the street banner program and to view the winning designs, visit www.richmond.ca/banners.
Starting April 15, last year’s banners will be available for purchase from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. weekdays at the Community Services Division reception at the Operations Yard, 5599 Lynas Lane.