DYER | The new Welcome to Dyer signs reflect the community's Tree City designation by the Arbor Day Foundation.
Sally Smith, an artist living in Dyer, came up with the design in the town-sponsored contest, winning $1,000. It is modeled after the state tree, the tulip tree.
“I felt since the tree symbol is used in all the town emblems that it should be (incorporated) in the sign,” said Smith, at the time her design’s selection was announced.
The signs will be composed of three aluminum plates, making up the tree’s trunk and the branches. The surface plates are inscribed with the town’s name, plus the words “welcome” and “come again.”
The new signs will be placed near Franciscan St. Margaret hospital, at 81st and Sheffield Avenue, at Calumet Avenue on the town line and on the east side of town, where there is currently no monument sign.
Two of the signs will be 11 feet by 5 feet, their bases 8 feet wide by 3-and-a-half high. The other two will be 8 by 4 feet, with a 7-foot wide base 3-and-a-half feet high.