One of the new Byron banners is brightly displayed on a Frontage Road light pole. Photo by Jake Leif
By Jake Leif
It's been a long time coming, but the "Welcome to Byron" banners are finally completed and displayed.
The designing, building, and placing of the new town flags has taken months, but the process is finally complete. On Tuesday, Aug. 12 the banners were put up on various light poles around town. With two different banner styles, one exclaiming "Welcome to Byron" and another with "Byron Area Chamber of Commerce," the streets now have a different feel to them. The light posts that were once bare are now decorated with colorful banners.
Since there were so many steps to getting these flags up, there were also quite a few working members involved. One of who is William Weigel, graphic designer at the Byron Review. Even though the banners were not hung until mid-August, the design for this project started back in early May of this year. Working alongside Chamber of Commerce President Barbara Schriever, Weigel designed and tweaked the flag for ample time before he turned in the final copy.
"The initial impression that I received was one with no parameters. I was just told to design my ideas," Weigel said. "Since I've never lived in Byron, my familiarity with the town is limited. Until recently I only knew about their school and Somerby. Now that I've spent some time working with the people of Byron, I've realized they are what set the city apart. The town is more than just an award-winning school system and a professional golf course.
"With that in mind, I set out to design banners that would reflect an open ended invitation to those visiting the town, and even the citizens of Byron, that if you put your mind to it you can do anything in Byron. I chose a simple modern design that I hope will welcome, inspire and encourage people for years to come."
Once designed, the flags were rushed off to be printed.
More than 30 flags were unraveled on Tuesday morning and were immediately sent out to be hung up in the roundabout and along the frontage road. The flags are on every-other post all the way out to Barrier Free Access.