The Village of Biscayne Park, is a unique South Florida municipality characterized by lush vegetation, tree-lined streets and single family homes. It has been named a bird sanctuary and Tree City USA because of its mature tree canopy. In 2015, the Village called for the design of new signage for eight locations, presenting a few constraints: A grant budget of $75,000 and a five-month deadline for design and installation at the different locations, solar lighting and planting included.
Laser cut Corten Steel was selected because of its earthy character and its long-lasting, maintenance free quality. Committed to principles of placemaking, the team chose to emphasize Biscayne Park’s identity as a bird sanctuary by selecting a different native bird to perch atop the sign at each location. The shape of the sign was inspired by the shape of the Village’s Map, roughly an inverted triangle, addressing also the visual cone of approximation.