West Haymarket signs and streetscaping will represent prairie, railroad

2013-02-22T23:55:00Z 2014-02-06T21:33:35Z West Haymarket signs and streetscaping will represent prairie, railroadBy JORDAN PASCALE / Lincoln Journal Star JournalStar.com

The signs that will point you in the right direction to new and old Haymarket attractions will be inspired by the swaying curves of prairie grass blowing in the wind and the hard, straight lines of railroad tracks.

More details emerged this week about the signs and streetscaping of the new West Haymarket development. Clark Enersen Partners presented its plan to a joint meeting of the Historic Preservation and Urban Design committees.

The signs and kiosks to be scattered throughout the Haymarket will have a punctured metal background depicting artistic scenes of familiar buildings and brands, and a plastic board over the top with directions.

Some will be at least 10 feet in height.

Themes will include immigration, the railroads, historic businesses and natural Nebraska landscapes.

The goal is to create a subtle meaning behind the design of the signs, designers with Clark Enersen said.

The city’s new branding campaign, with gold and red triangles and the new Lincoln logo, also will fit into the motif.

The frame of the historic canopy that has been near Lincoln Station for more than a century also will be featured on the signs.

Members of both committees applauded the unique effort that they said will add character to the district.

Additionally, plans showed streetscaping for the new Canopy Street, which will feature earth-toned paving that will look like railroad tracks and ties near Lincoln Station.

Streetlights will be of a simple triangular shape at the top and will be a deep bronze color.

Construction is to begin in mid-April and be completed by September.

Reach Jordan Pascale at 402-473-7120, jpascale@journalstar.com or follow him on Twitter: @LJSPascale.

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