Downtown Winnipeg – 46 new colourful banners positioned at downtown gateways now welcome people to the heart of the city. These banners will help identify the downtown’s boundaries and foster a shared sense of community pride for our downtown while creating much needed vibrancy along some of Winnipeg’s most prominent roads.
Banners have now been raised on Midtown/Donald Bridge and Disraeli at Main Street. Banners on the Osborne Street and Main Street Bridge will be installed in January 2012. These new gateway banners will be in place for approximately four years where they will be revitalized and re-envisioned with feedback and interest from the public.
There are seven gateways in total, including the Provencher Bridge, where banners were first raised in 2006.
Created by Tetro Design and installed by Mytec Construction, the new gateway banners have three color variations and are printed on vinyl material. The banners conjure up the spirit of our downtown through simple yet abstract interpretations of the dynamic movement and connections of our ever-changing city centre.
“These banners will animate our downtown and create a ‘wow’ factor on our streets,” said Stefano Grande, Executive Director of the Downtown BIZ. “Everyone coming downtown will be welcomed with the same greeting and know they are entering the heart of their city.”
The BIZ has been displaying banners since 1991. Moving forward with the BIZ’s ongoing banner strategy, eighteen Year of the Hare banners were raised this year in Chinatown to celebrate the Chinese New Year as part of the long-running Chinatown Banner Competition.
Designs are now being accepted for the 2012 Chinatown Banner Competition to celebrate the Year of the Dragon. Deadline for submissions from artists and designers is January 13, 2012 at 10am.