The City of Salem unveiled its new LOVE art sign at Library Square this morning. The 2500 pound sign that is 7 feet tall and nearly 17 feet long is unique in that it is completely mobile.
The sign will “travel” to events and locations throughout the city, so residents and visitors will have unique opportunities to take selfies and group photos with the sign. The Peace sign was incorporated into the sign as Salem is derived from the Hebrew word Shalom, which means Peace, Wholeness, Harmony and Tranquility.
Salem City Employees at the Street Department played a major role in the construction of the sign as they helped with the design, fabrication, welding, grinding and lettering. The talents of workers at B&M Sheet Metal in Roanoke, Sun Solutions in Vinton and R.C. Restorations in Salem also played major roles in developing the final product. In particular, R.C. Restoration donated the labor to paint the structure. This company did the same thing when it clear coated the 9/11 Memorial that is located at Fire Station One.
The letters are made of steel and the five foot wide base in aluminum. Enjoy it Downtown for the next few days and then catch it for opening week for the Salem Red Sox at Salem Memorial Ballpark, beginning on April 5.