I stumbled across this Richmond, Virginia banner design contest yesterday. I encourage everyone to enter! The deadline is tonight at midnight, April 7, 2011. The premise fueling the endeavor is to design a banner that celebrates our fair city in a creative or artistic way (I know, I know – you’re immediately thinking of me right now. Me too. It’s unavoidable.)
The top prize is $500, but the real prize is ceding all intellectual property rights in your image and having it converted into an actual banner that will be displayed downtown. At least I think that’s what the prize is. I didn’t really read the details. Instead, I jumped right into the banner creation tool and cranked out a few top-level contenders for the honor. Let’s take a look, shall we? Here’s my first effort:
I wanted to go for some historical accuracy right off the bat. Let’s face it: In most respects, the partial annihilation of Richmond toward the end of the Civil War marked the last time (Final Four aside) the capital would enjoy real significance on a national level. On the other hand, I think this banner might cause some to think that I’m a Confederate Flag-waving son of the South, or, worse, misinterpret me as longing for a return to slavery. This isn’t the case, so let’s try another one . . .
Colonial and Revolutionary times are more my speed. But, even this celebration of Patrick Henry’s speech at St. John’s Church could be interpreted negatively. After all, the fact that Richmond is a century or two past its prime is a very sore subject for a lot of residents. Instead, I’ll try to focus on a positive feature of our community. Like this, for instance:
If Monument Avenue isn’t your thing, how about recognition of the fact that, for all its issues, Richmond has managed to avoid some of the pitfalls that plague other cities:
And, naturally, there’s this:
I’m not sure which one of my entries will win, but look for one or more of these to be emblazoned somewhere in the “River City” (as the kids call it) sometime in the very near future! Or, if you live in the county, perhaps you’ll be lucky enough to spot me on my way to the bank to deposit my inevitable winnings!
Either way, you’re welcome.