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Can you tell me more about the Wilmington welcome sign on North College Road?

Saja Hindi

At the corner of Martin Luther King Jr. Parkway and North College Road is a welcome to Wilmington sign shaped like a sailboat.

Dylan Lee, a city spokesman, said the sign, named “Wind and Water,” is symbolic of Wilmington itself.

“It reflects our maritime history, but it’s also a nice modern piece that shows we’re also a city that looks forward,” Lee said.

The creation and construction of the sign was a three-year process. It started with a design competition that the local chapter of the American Institute of Architects held in collaboration with the city in April 2005.

Each team had to be made up of an architect, a landscape architect and representation from a local civic organization.

“The architect and the landscape architect provided the design skills, and the civic organization raised money to do the landscaping,” Lee said.

The winner of the competition was the team of LS3P/Boney architects, landscape architects Cole Jenest & Stone, and the Wilmington Rotary Club.

The city contracted with the architects to do the detailed design work, and Monteith Construction Corp. took care of the project’s construction.

Lee said the land, landscape and lighting were all donated. The total cost to the city, he said, was $96,376, which included design, construction and soil testing.

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2 Responses to “ Can you tell me more about the Wilmington welcome sign on North College Road?”

  1. On July 22, 2009 at 11:11 am Dianne Harris wrote:

    I’m not trying to be ugly but it’s the ugliest thing I’ve ever seen and it’s hard to believe the city of Wilmington would waste money on something so unnessesary when the money could ‘ve been put to much better use . Thats alot of money . We live in a country that loves to throw money away and then we wonder why this country is in such a mess . If your going to spend that kind of money , use it to help somebody.

  2. On December 29, 2010 at 10:09 pm NC wrote:

    I agree. That’s about the dumbest sign I’ve ever seen. The lettering is way too small to be read by passing traffic, and the design of both the sign itself and surrounding landscape are downright horrible. A contest among local schoolchildren could have easily come up with something far better. The architect and landscape architect that came up with that abomination both need to find a new line of work.

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