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Hamilton just got its own version of the Toronto sign

Toronto's artsy friend to the west is set to reveal its own giant, white, sometimes glowing letter sign at Hamilton City Hall.

An official lighting ceremony for the "HAMILTON" sign will take place this evening at 9 p.m. with Mayor Fred Eisenberger, who has been championing the big sign for weeks.

The city's enthusiasm is clearly infectious.

Locals started posting #HamOntSign selfies all over Twitter and Instagram almost immediately after the fence surrounding the sign was taken down.

The HAMILTON sign, which was installed about four days ago, is slightly smaller than the TORONTO sign at 20 metres long (ours is 22) and 2.25 metres tall (ours is 3).

There's still plenty of space for adults to crawl inside the letters though, which is good because I think that's why people visit these things in the first place.

For scale:

As was reported last summer, the lettered sign cost about $250,000 to build and install, but tax payers won't be picking up the bill.

A private donor — perhaps someone who wants to see Steeltown step out of Hogtown's shadow — has already paid for the entire thing.

Money well spent, I'd say. A city's name in big white letters is a beautiful concept for public art.

Lead photo by

Fred Eisenberger/Twitter


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