'Treats' Acrylic on wood assemblage ©robinrkent

Sunday, June 9, 2013

Swinging In The Rain

(Continuing the story from last post:)
After thinking of (and attempting) many options of how to keep "The Chef' sign standing against the wind and rain, I decided on the most clever idea yet:
buy a plastic swinger sign frame
Swinging freely in shop    ©robinrkent
I noticed a small one used at the Town Offices, and then saw them everywhere. But do they come in a size and strength big enough for my 5 foot tall Chef? After calling Florida and Minnesota, I found a shop nearby.
I bolted front and back signs together with a horizontal post between them for the pivot. After slipping the sign over the crossbar, I nudged it a bit. It swung smoothly, like a well oiled machine!
Problem solved. Strong and neat. Happy artist. I couldn't wait to bring him back on the street in front of the Cafe Provence...

One hitch: the sidewalk isn't level. It pitches sideways to the curb and runs backwards down the street. The Chef was banging into the support on the bottom, not happy with the tilt.
After some fine tuning, (a full dimension 2x4 wired to the frame on the curb side), he's swinging again.
I will check on him now and again to make sure he stays 'straightened up and fly right'.

Cafe Provence was selected for the 2013 Editor's Choice Award (Best Food and Dining) in Yankee Magazine.

5 comments:

Sandy Mastroni said...

SO happy you found a solution
I just love him !

An Urban Cottage said...

Just a little help from an orthopedic shoe was all that was necessary.

Cynthia Myers said...

Brilliant!
He's so cool and how awesome that The Cafe won the Editors Choice Award for Best Food and Dining....and Art I might add!
xoxo - Cindi

Carole said...

Hey, that's a great solution, Robin! And cute too.

Robin Kent said...

Need to clean up the wires a bit but first will wait til this test run proves itself. Next week he'll look neat and pretty.