Military history A working military base for more than 150 years, Parc Blandan includes a major fort with ramparts, five entrances, and numerous buildings and features of military significance. It was this history that inspired Vrignaud and GarciaRamirez to devise bold, sculptural signage elements that would create visual impact against the fort’s stone walls, gravel pathways, and green spaces. Exploring the site at the outset of the project, they discovered a series of red circles stenciled on interior and exterior walls—clearly an old military system for identifying facilities. “It seemed appropriate to use this rational and effective tagging system as the basis for our contemporary signage,” says Vrignaud. “We kept this red circle as the only identifying shape on the site, to create a unique visual vocabulary for Parc Blandan.” 30 — eg magazine
Like the military markings of old, text on the signage is in white. Vrignaud’s system needed to orient visitors to the park as well as tell them stories about the site’s history. His team created a family of sign types in five diameters to accommodate various functional needs: orientation/wayfinding, regulatory information, site/building identification, and interpretative information to narrate the park’s military history. The system encompasses 50 signs, including five entrance identifiers, 15 signs interpreting historical features, five outlining the park’s sustainable landscaping and design features, and other facilities and directional signs for playgrounds, a skate park, a dog area, and restrooms. To withstand the exterior environment and urban setting, the signs were fabricated (by Lenoir Services) in robust, powdercoated steel and aluminum with silkscreened text.
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