Vis­i­tor Cen­ter unveils new wel­come sign

Dorchester Star - - FRONT PAGE - By VIC­TO­RIA WIN­GATE vwingate@ches­pub.com

— An open house was held at the Dorch­ester County Vis­i­tor Cen­ter on Mon­day, May 8, to show­case a va­ri­ety of im­prove­ments and up­grades made to the build­ing, most no­tably a new sign wel­com­ing vis­i­tors cross­ing the Fred­er­ick C. Malkus Bridge.

The “Wa­ter Moves Us” sign was de­signed by

Chop­tank Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Cre­ative Di­rec­tor Saun­dra Jones, and man­u­fac­tured and in­stalled by Cam­bridge Ar­chi­tec­tural. It uti­lizes a new tech­nol­ogy called Mo­tion Mesh, and the 1,400 stain­less steel flaps that make up the de­sign will move in the wind to catch the eye of driv­ers along U.S. Route 50.

Other re­cent im­prove­ments to the vis­i­tor cen­ter in­clude fresh paint, a new board­walk deck and rail­ings, painted col­umns, and the “Ode to Water­man” mu­ral.

The 33-foot by 11-foot mu­ral was cre­ated by ac­com­plished artist Michael Rosato, and de­picts a scene of wa­ter­men har­vest­ing oys­ters. Like the new wel­come sign, it is vis­i­ble to those cross­ing the Malkus Bridge headed for Cam­bridge.

“We’ve been work­ing for a long time with Cam­bridge Ar­chitech­tu­ral to have some type of sign in­stal­la­tion here,” said Tourism Di­rec­tor Amanda Fen­ster­maker. “This is a new tech­nol­ogy that they have that when the wind goes through it, it looks like it’s in mo­tion, which re­ally works well with our “Wa­ter Moves Us” theme and the waves.”

With the open­ing of the Har­riet Tub­man Vis­tor Cen­ter, Fen­ster­maker said that her de­part­ment is ex­pect­ing to see in­creased tourist ac­tiv­ity around the county.

“It is a whole new world right now with the Har­riet Tub­man Vis­i­tor Cen­ter,” she said. “We’re see­ing a lot of peo­ple come in, and an in­crease in all of our re­quests for in­for­ma­tion. We ex­pect to see that con­tinue, and we ex­pect to see more and more peo­ple come into this Vis­i­tor Cen­ter and mak­ing Dorch­ester their pri­mary des­ti­na­tion.”

Pres­i­dent and CEO of Cam­bridge Ar­chi­tec­tural Tracy Tyler re­it­er­ated that the Mo­tion Mesh tech­nol­ogy lends it­self well to this col­lab­o­ra­tion, and us­ing it to cre­ate the “Wa­ter Moves Us” wel­come sign made a lot of sense.

“The good thing is we now have a pro­to­type here that we didn’t have be­fore,” she said. “This is the first in­stal­la­tion that we’ve done, so it’s some­thing that we can re­ally lever­age. Our ar­chi­tec­tural mesh di­vi­sion has in­stal­la­tions through­out the world, but we don’t have very many at home.”

PHOTO COUR­TESY OF DORCH­ESTER TOURISM

“Wa­ter Moves Us” wel­come sign was re­cently un­veiled at the Dorch­ester County Vis­i­tor Cen­ter.

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