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Work of 'ART' Gets a Face Lift

Work began Monday to refurbish "Banner Art" which came to IB in 2006.

A contractor hired by the Port of San Diego began work to give a fresh coat of paint to Banner Art at the corner of Imperial Beach Boulevard and Seacoast Drive.

The fire engine red work of art that spells "ART" when viewed at an angle was made by Las Vegas artist and firefighter John Banks.

Banner Art was brought to Imperial Beach by the Port in November 2006.

Since then bird droppings and rust have taken their toll.

R.W. Little Company will first sandblast the sculpture to remove old paint and rust and will then apply marine grade primer and red paint, which will restore the sculpture to its original condition, said John Gilmore with the Port of San Diego.

The restoration is expected to take two weeks or less, he said.

While work is being done, Banner Art will be surrounded by scaffolding and plastic to ensure removed materials do not become airborne.

The Port of San Diego has brought several works of art to IB, including at the corner of Palm Avenue and Seacoast Drive, in front of the Marina Vista Community Center and at the end of Dahila Avenue.

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Dennis Lepak August 07, 2012 at 03:25 PM
Whenever we have visitors we take them down the beach and then out to the sidewalk to see Baner Art. It never fails to delight.
ellenhites August 07, 2012 at 04:39 PM
the art sign is cool. at a certain angle it says " APT" . anyone know does the port of sd reclaim some sculptures after a certain time period or are they all permanent here?
Sugar Daddy August 07, 2012 at 08:30 PM
I thought they were finally going to install the letter "F" in front of it like it was originally suppose to be. What a shame that artists are still subject to censorship. Power to the people!
ibbarbara August 08, 2012 at 02:18 AM
Looking forward to the facelift :)
Rick August 17, 2012 at 11:16 AM
I see this art sigh every morning - it is nice that they have the money to do this but not the money to keep san castles here in IB where it belongs

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