Copley ruled out several lampposts. "Some of the poles have traffic signs already on them. We didn't want anything to draw motorists' attention from our traffic signage."
Cavender learned his original material choice, steel plate, was way too heavy. "We met with the [city] sign shop and found what we needed was a simple stop sign."
With far more available lampposts than art, Cavender decided to go for the biggest impact by concentrating on the main intersections -- Elizabeth Street, Ruffner Avenue and Morris Street. He plans to fill in the gaps, mainly in the long 1500 block, with another round this year.
About a month ago, he emailed artists, asking if they had any preference as to where their art would be hung.
"Of course most of them wanted to be at the corner of Washington and Elizabeth," he said.
Checking time stamps on the emails, he awarded those who answered first. Ian Bode got a prime spot in front of the Bluegrass Kitchen, Rebecca Recco right across the street. Paula Clendenin won a site near Frutcake while Rob Cleland's swirling design greets visitors to the East End Bazaar.
On the back of each art sign is another sign promoting East End Main Street, using the group's new catch phrase -- Charleston East End, your place to be.
A second round of street signs is well under way, Cavender said. A total of 49 artists submitted designs last month. "It's actually perfect, because that's the number of lampposts we have left."
You can bid on your favorite design at the annual auction June 23 at Habitat for Humanity's ReStore. The reception starts at 5:30 p.m.
"The main purpose of this is -- it's a fundraiser for us," Cavender said.
"But it also promotes local artists and it provides aesthetic enhancement that is semi-permanent. And it provides branding for the district, that this is an upcoming artistic district of Charleston.
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