Sign up, sign up! And see what they did

JENNA HOUGHTON
Last updated 05:00 13/12/2013
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ROBERT CHARLES

Taranaki Daily News editor Roy Pilott, TGM director Andrea Leadbetter and New Plymouth Mayor Andrew Judd check out the entries.

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A last-minute rush of entries in a competition to design a welcome sign for New Plymouth has left judges with a tough decision.

The district council received 112 pieces of artwork from local schools for the Sign Up For New Plymouth competition.

The art came from primary schools, kindergartens and Sacred Heart Girls College, and will be used as part of the welcome to New Plymouth signs, on Burgess Park Hill and near the airport turnoff.

Mayor Andrew Judd, Taranaki Daily News editor Roy Pilott, and TGM Design director Andrea Leadbetter checked out the work for the first time yesterday, and said they would have a difficult time picking a winner.

"There's some really stunning ones," Ms Leadbetter said.

"There's a fabulous variety, bright and soft, and they've played with different themes."

Ms Leadbetter and TGM Design will create the final product, and may use different artwork for each sign or a combination of entries.

The council is also considering making the competition a recurring event, and changing the signs regularly.

The criteria for the competition was to make visitors feel welcome to the city, and most entries have incorporated recognisable landmarks or a creative slogan.

"They've given their time and effort which is what the competition is about - thinking about the city," Mr Pilott said.

Judges will announce the winners on Friday, December 20.

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