Posted at 5:46 PM on August 28, 2008
by Tim Nelson
It was no illusion, says Roger Leary, who's Liftec Sign and Crane Company installed, then re-installed the banner in the Republican's traditional hue. The first version was a little fancier, he said, and featured a fade from the edges of the banner to the center.
The elephant in the middle "was real, real, real light red," Leary said. "Well, it was pink."
Leary said it wasn't apparent until his sign crew had put the banner up on the outside of the Xcel. Convention organizers came out and discovered the difference between the plans and the execution. "They said, 'It looks great, Rog. You did a real good job of putting it up. Just make sure its down before you go home tonight."
Another version was ordered from the printer and is the banner you see now. Leary says he's still got the pink one down in his warehouse in Montgomery, Minn.
It was just another day in the life of a sign installer, Leary said. He thinks the signage his company put up for the NHL All Star game in 2004 was even more extensive, including all the skyway banners, and the display wrapping the front of the X that February.
"We do a lot of the big signs around here," Leary said. You can see his work on the History Center, the Science Museum and other venues. "It'll take us three or four days to take it all down, and then we'll be back to put up some more at the Science Museum."
Photo by Bill Alhofer