Crews from Laverdiere Construction installed a roughly 1,500 pound sign on top of the northwest pillars in Chandler Park on December 5. The black, classically ornate sign is made of recycled metal. It was created by local artist Matt Myers.
“My stuff generally gets sent off to other states and I never see them again,” Myers said. “Macomb is my adopted hometown so it’s good to have something here.”
Mayor Mike Inman said it’s an ideal place for a sign given the amount of traffic that goes by the park every day on Highways 136 and 67.
Macomb is facing the same problem the Five Man Electrical Band sang about in 1971: “Signs, Signs, Everywhere there's signs, Blocking out the scenery, Breaking my mind.”
Macomb's issue is with all the signs being hung from the Chandler Park fence. It's a great location to hang a banner because it's right along the highway and across the street from the train depot. Numerous organizations have started placing banners there to promote various causes and events. But the city has a problem with the practice.
The Macomb Beautiful Association will celebrate its 40th anniversary with a public reception on Wednesday, September 12, 4:30 pm - 6:30 pm at the West Central Illinois Arts Center, 25 East Side Square.
MBA President Rosemary Aten said the group maintains the memorial gardens in Chandler Park. It also maintains a memorial garden and the flower boxes at the Macomb Travel Center, and it provides the Christmas trees and lights for Chandler Park and the depot.