Within the coming months, visitors to Dyer will begin noticing unique signs welcoming people to their city.
Local artist Sally Smith has created four “Welcome to Dyer” signs which will be placed at the city’s busiest thoroughfares: Calumet Avenue near Main Street, Sheffield Avenue near 81st and US 30 on the east and west borders of Dyer.
“We think they’re unique signage you won’t see anywhere else,” said Rick Eberly, the Dyer Town Manager.
The signs are a joint effort between the town’s redevelopment commission and the economic development commission, Eberly said.
Smith was selected after a “call for entry” by the commissions, Eberly said. Eight different artists submitted concepts for the signs.
Smith said she took her inspiration from the Dyer town seal, as well popular Indiana state symbols.
The seal features a tulip tree made of aluminum panels on a limestone base with a Corten steel panel.
From the base, each sign is seven feet wide, 11 feet high and two feet in diameter.
The signs are powder coated green and backlit by LED lights at night.
“The two aluminum panels have leaf-shaped openings that create depth by allowing you to see through to the other side and catch a glimpse of the branches in the center,” she said. The signs also say “Dyer Indiana” and “Welcome” on the front and “Come Again” on the back, she said.
Smith, a married mother of one, has been a Dyer resident for more than 20 years. She works as a production manager at the Shedd Aquarium and has done large-scale wall murals of aquatic themes for the Lurie Children’s Hospital in Chicago.
Eberly said the signs are going to be a unique welcome to the town.
“We’re really proud of the effort,” he said.