Averaging 43 inches of rainfall per year, Portland, Oregon is home to many rain gardens. These gardens contain plants that absorb pollutants, keeping them from local streams and rivers, and recharge the groundwater supply that provides water for fish and other aquatic life.
A grant from the Portland Bureau of Environmental Services made it possible to showcase this process through an interpretive sign, located in the Oliver P. Lent School rain garden. The sign tells the story of why rain gardens are part of Portland’s strategy for improving the health of its rivers and streams. Each step is described in English and Spanish in the narrative section of the sign.
Portland artist, Patrick Norton, illustrated the sign and coordinated with Pannier on its fabrication.
“I chose Pannier Graphics because I had a positive experience working with them on a past project that also turned out great. The sales staff was very helpful with choosing the sign and mount type, as well as getting accurate quotes. The fabrication department answered any questions that came up that were not clearly explained on Pannier’s website, which contains abundant information about how to prepare and submit artwork suitable for professional reproduction. I am pleased with the results and look forward to working with Pannier Graphics again in the future.” – Patrick Norton, Patrick Norton Natural History Illustration
Pannier’s Double Pedestal, Low Profile base was the ideal model for this project. The sturdy base positions the Fiberglass Embedded Panel in a way that is easy to read, without drawing attention away from the surrounding views. In this case, you can easily learn about the workings of the rain garden, while seeing it happen right before your eyes. The Double Pedestal configuration can support larger panels, like this one, and still maintain an attractive, minimalistic structure.
“Visitors to the Lent School rain garden have commented on the beauty of the artwork and how vividly the Pannier fabrication brings the artwork to life. The sign also informs visitors about the natural world, something that fits well with the school’s teaching mission, as well as being an attractive feature in the garden.” – Tom Ralley, Volunteer Garden Coordinator
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