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Artistic Welcome Signs
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Description:
Communities often create wonderful artwork for their welcome signs – paintings, carvings, or even sculptures. This is a place to showcase these signs and the communities that they represent.
Expanded Description:
Although there is a long-standing category for “Welcome Signs,” it is strictly limited to those that have a slogan or motto on them. The “Pictorial Village Signs” excludes those that are specifically “welcome” signs, and is very narrowly defined. This category is for welcome signs that have a significant artistic component to them.

There are two basic qualifications for inclusion in this category.

1). The sign must be a WELCOME sign. Usually this means that the word “Welcome” or its equivalent will appear somewhere on the sign. Usually these are placed at an entrance to the town. If the placement and design of the sign clearly indicate that it is intended to be a welcome sign, then it may be accepted even in the absence of wording. (The waymark creator must document this). Other town signs that are NOT welcome signs will not be accepted. The sign must be a welcome to a neighborhood, village, town, city, state, province, or even country, as long as they otherwise qualify. Signs for businesses, schools, parks, natural features etc. will not be accepted. Only permanent signs will be accepted – no banners, posters, flags, or other temporary signs, please.

2). The sign must have a picture, carving, sculpture or other significant artistic feature that represents some aspect of the community. Thus, just a decorative border, for instance, does not qualify. While there is not a specific size requirement for the graphic or artistic element, it should be a prominent part of the sign, not just a small logo or figure in the corner, for instance. A general guideline would be art that comprises at least half of the sign. In general, the artistic component should be part of the sign itself, although if the base has significant artistic merit, or if there are other elements that have significant visual appeal, these may also be considered.

Each sign should be unique. Only ONE example accepted of any particular design. Mass produced, or “cookie-cutter” designs, such as those often found at U.S. state borders, will not be accepted.

Signs may also have slogans, mottoes, dates or other wording. As long as they meet the qualifications above, they are welcome.

Naturally there is a degree of subjectivity here. It is our intention to be more inclusive than exclusive while trying to maintain a balance between the truly artistic welcome signs and those that are only minimally so. Do not try to push the envelope by submitting questionable or really borderline waymarks. To help illustrate what is acceptable and what is not, here is a fairly long collection of examples.

Before posting, though, please read the "Instructions for Posting a Waymark" section carefully.


NOT ACCEPTED


Small, non-artistic graphic


Single, very small graphic


Incidental graphic not representative of the town


Beautiful setting, but no artistic elements to the sign.


Cookie-cutter state sign



ACCEPTED

About the minimum. Half the sign, but significant, creative graphic.


Also, close to minimum, but acceptable.


Major graphic element


Major graphic element


Artistic element not part of the sign proper, but representative of the area


Hand-carved Sign


3-D Sculpture


Beautiful tile work

Instructions for Posting a Artistic Welcome Signs Waymark:

1). COORDINATES obtained by a personal visit to the site. The coordinates should be as close to the sign as possible. This may mean getting out of the car and walking to the sign. If the sign cannot be accessed safely or because of obstructions, state this in the description.

2). PHOTOS: A minimum of TWO photos are required. One must be a clear, legible close-up view and one must be a view showing the sign and its surroundings for perspective.

3). NARRATIVE DESCRIPTION: The description should have two elements.

FIRST, a description of the sign itself noting especially the artistic, graphic elements that make this sign unique. This is an art category, so please describe the art and how it relates to the community. Why was this specific art included on the welcome sign?

SECOND, at least a few sentences or paragraph about the town or city represented by the sign. If you can explain the connection between the artwork or graphics of the sign, and the town, that is the best.

SPECIAL NOTE: While the details outlined in our category description, and the requirements listed in the posting instructions, cover the MINIMUM elements and standards for all waymarks in this category, each waymark will also be evaluated by a volunteer reviewer for overall quality and appropriateness. If a reviewer deems that there are deficiencies in some aspect of the waymark, the waymark may be either declined or accepted with request for changes and/or additions in either content or format.

Each waymark will be evaluated on its own merits. We will endeavor to be reasonable and flexible while maintaining the quality standards for the category. If there is a disagreement, try to work it out with the evaluating officer, or appeal to the group leader, but we reserve the right to accept or decline a waymark based on our best judgement.

LANGUAGE NOTE: We recognize waymarking as a global hobby and welcome waymarks from all countries. Because of our international scope, we also acknowledge ENGLISH as our lingua franca. English will create the highest level of accessibility globally. All waymarks must have at least a short description in ENGLISH. We encourage bilingual and multilingual waymarks, but one of the languages must be English. We have volunteer translators to help.

Relying on software or internet based translators, such as Babylon and Google Translate, may NOT yield accurate translations that are intelligible. Use these only when there is no alternative. Although we do not expect grammatical perfection, a waymark may be declined if there the English language is not understandable.

Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
Please give the date and brief account of your visit - something more than, "Drove past this today." You are encouraged to add a new photo, but this is not mandatory. If you can add any further information about the sign or community, that would be appreciated.
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Artistic Welcome SignsWelcome to Winslow - Winslow, Arizona, USA.

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Large artistic 'Welcome to Winslow' sign. Located alongside Historic Route 66 highway as you approach Winslow from the East. There is also a 9/11 memorial monument at this location in Winslow, Arizona.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Arizona

date approved: 4/15/2015

last visited: 4/15/2014

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Artistic Welcome SignsWelcome to Tucumcari - Route 66, New Mexico, USA.

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The artistic Welcome to Tucumcari mural, is one of many artworks & murals on display around the Route 66 town, in Quay County, New Mexico.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: New Mexico

date approved: 4/9/2015

last visited: 4/9/2014

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Artistic Welcome SignsWelcome to Memphis -- Memphis TN

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A cool neon-lined welcome sign on US 51/TN SH3 (AKA Elvis Presley Blvd) honors the city's musical roots

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

location: Tennessee

date approved: 4/3/2015

last visited: 3/8/2015

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Artistic Welcome SignsWelcome to Shamrock - Artistic Sign - Route 66, Texas. USA.

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The welcome to Shamrock sign is in the form of a mural over 100 feet long, located alongside the Mother Road in Tower Park, illustrating the iconic locations in this Route 66 town, Texas.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Texas

date approved: 3/17/2015

last visited: 3/20/2014

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Artistic Welcome SignsWelcome to St. Kitts - Basseterre, St. Kitts

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The "Welcome to St. Kitts" face cutout sign is located next to the entrance to the National Museum in Basseterre.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member denben

location: none listed yet

date approved: 3/3/2015

last visited: never

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Artistic Welcome SignsNanteuil - Poitou Charentes,Fr

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Bienvenue à Nanteuil

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member sara et gege

location: Nouvelle-Aquitaine, France

date approved: 3/1/2015

last visited: 3/1/2015

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Artistic Welcome SignsWelcome to Davenport - Oklahoma, USA.

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The Welcome to Davenport sign displays two well presented mural's showing Route 66 Shield & iconic features that are located in the town of Davenport, Oklahoma.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 2/18/2015

last visited: 2/18/2014

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Artistic Welcome SignsOrangeville - Historic Charm - Dynamic Future - Orangeville, ON

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Striking welcome sign and electronic Town logo located on the southern approach into Orangeville, ON.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member jiggs11

location: Ontario, Canada

date approved: 1/30/2015

last visited: never

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Artistic Welcome SignsWelcome to LeClaire – LeClaire, IA

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This picturesque sign extends a warm welcome to those approaching the small river town of LeClaire.

posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member wildernessmama

location: Iowa

date approved: 1/26/2015

last visited: never

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Artistic Welcome SignsBradbury, CA

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A sign at the entrance to Bradbury, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 1/9/2015

last visited: never

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Artistic Welcome SignsBienvenue à Vernou sur Brenne (Centre, France)

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(fr) En arrivant de Vouvray, Vous arrivez à Vernou sur Brenne et un panneau décoré de vignes vous souhaite la bienvenue dans la ville. (eng) Coming from Vouvray, You get to Vernou Brenne and decorated with vines panel welcomes you in the city.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Dragon Ball

location: Centre-Val-de-Loire, France

date approved: 12/17/2014

last visited: 2/23/2015

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Artistic Welcome SignsHome of the First Snowmobile - Ossipee, NH

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In the White Mountains of New Hampshire, Ossipee became the home of the first snowmobile, a conversion kit for the Model T Ford in 1913 patented by Virgil White.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill

location: New Hampshire

date approved: 12/11/2014

last visited: never

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Artistic Welcome SignsBinningup WelcomesYou - Binningup, Western Australia

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A sculpture at the entrance to a seaside village

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member blingg

location: Western Australia, Australia

date approved: 12/10/2014

last visited: never

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Artistic Welcome SignsSorge, Oberharz, Germany

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Welcome sign, resembling a mountain cabin.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Bernd das Brot Team

location: Sachsen-Anhalt, Germany

date approved: 12/9/2014

last visited: never

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Artistic Welcome SignsWelcome to - Chocorua, NH

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This colorful welcome sign is celebrates this unincorporated village within Tamworth, New Hampshire, noted for its scenery and recreational attractions in the White Mountains district of New Hampshire.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill

location: New Hampshire

date approved: 12/9/2014

last visited: never

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Artistic Welcome SignsWelcome To Brunswick, MO

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The Pecan Capitol of the World

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member YoSam.

location: Missouri

date approved: 11/27/2014

last visited: never

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Artistic Welcome SignsChelsea - Artistic Welcome Sign - Oklahoma, USA.

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Chelsea is a town in Rogers County, Oklahoma, it was named after the Chelsea district in London, UK. Chelsea is the home of Oklahoma's first oil well in 1989.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Oklahoma

date approved: 11/17/2014

last visited: 5/13/2014

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Artistic Welcome SignsWoodley Welcome Sign - Woodley, UK

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This black metal silhouette sign shows some of the sites that can be seen nearby in the town of Woodley.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member dtrebilc

location: North West England, United Kingdom

date approved: 11/9/2014

last visited: never

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A steamboat sign for Grayson, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 11/3/2014

last visited: never

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Artistic Welcome SignsWelcome to Hershey - The Sweetest Place on Earth - Hershey, PA

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Hershey is the place where Hershey's Chocolate factory was begun, and, thus, is 'the sweetest place on earth.'

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member NorStar

location: Pennsylvania

date approved: 10/13/2014

last visited: never

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Artistic Welcome SignsHollister - Hollister, CA

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A sign as you enter Hollister.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 10/8/2014

last visited: never

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Artistic Welcome SignsSan Juan Bautista - San Juan Bautista, CA

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A large sign at the entrance to San Juan Bautista.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 10/8/2014

last visited: never

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Artistic Welcome SignsPort Costa - Port Costa, CA

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A small sign in Port Costa, CA.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member saopaulo1

location: California

date approved: 10/8/2014

last visited: never

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Artistic Welcome Sign - Featuring a carved, & tinted relief of a Pelican in flight. Located in the Treasure Coast community of Sebastian, Florida.

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

location: Florida

date approved: 10/5/2014

last visited: 10/19/2014

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Artistic Welcome SignsRudice Welcome Sign - Rudice, Czech Republic

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CZ: Vítá Vás obec Rudice // EN: We Welcome You To Rudice

posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Olii05

location: Jihomoravský kraj, Czechia

date approved: 9/12/2014

last visited: never

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