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“Toronto” sign

Contributed by Sam Dal Monte on Jun 14th, 2017. Artwork published in .
“Toronto” sign 1
Source: David Whelan. License: Public Domain.

The 3-dimensional “TORONTO” sign was installed at Nathan Phillips Square, in front of Toronto City Hall, to celebrate the 2015 Pan Am Games. The maple leaf was added in 2016 to celebrate Canada’s 150th anniversary.

Facts and figures:

The font is Azo Sans Bold.
Each letter can be moved and placed on its own.
Each letter is 3 meters (10 feet) tall and rests on a weighted plinth (base).
The total word is 22 meters (74 feet) long.
The total weight of the whole sign is 9,207 kg (20,300 lbs).
Each letter weighs approximately 136 kg (300 lbs).
Each letter base (plinth) weighs approximately 1,180 kg (2600 lbs).
Each letter is equipped with L.E.D. lights and can transition to approximately 228 million different colours, controlled via Wifi.
The whole piece contains approximately 1300 feet of L.E.D. lights.
The letters are constructed with a steel frame, aluminum cladding and a translucent polycarbonate front and back (Alupanel).
The colourful sides are vinyl wrap that can be removed, so the letters can be re-skinned with different vinyl designs for other occasions.

“Toronto” sign 2
Source: Tibor Kovacs. License: CC BY.
“Toronto” sign 3
Source: License: CC BY.


  • Azo Sans



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