You know when you’re little and someone copies you, then your mom says, “it’s not copying, it’s just admiration because they like your work”? Well, I kind of wonder if that’s how we should be looking at this situation…
The City of Hamilton is getting its own “Toronto Sign” – except, you know, it’ll say Hamilton. The sign will sit in front of City Hall, standing around 7-feet-tall and 66-feet-long (about six feet shorter than Toronto’s). The sign will also cost a whopping $250,000.
No, the sign doesn’t sing and dance, but the price is being covered by a private donor – your tax money is safe!
Here’s what the sign will look like…seem familiar?
Some people – mainly city officials – are very excited about the sign, but many others think it’s a rip off of the Toronto sign in Nathan Phillips Square.
I think I'd like this idea more if Toronto hadn't already done it. Heck, if we want to be copycats, put it on the Escarpment a la Hollywood.— Kalvin Reid (@KalReid) July 13, 2017
Seems like we're just copying Toronto's sign? With the art movement in Hamilton I'm sure an amazing design of our own could be found easily— Mapleleafs MLSE (@MapleleafsMLSE) July 13, 2017
If the city insists on this it should be made of steel to represent what built this great city. Not copy Toronto.— Brian Yakimishyn (@LSX67bird) July 13, 2017
Personally, I think we should appreciate the fact that they love our sign so much, they want one of their own. However, I do think it’s disappointing that – with its vast art community – Hamilton didn’t give any of their own artists a chance to come up with something unique and more personal to the city. Who knows though, maybe this could be the start of a new trend to spruce The Hammer up.