Gaelite Signs has produced Ireland’s largest ever free-standing sign. Situated in Dublin’s docklands at the Point Village Shopping Centre, the 15 metre totem sign weighs a tonne per meter. Gaelite was asked by architects Scott Tallon Walker (STW) to produce a sign that would catch consumers’ attention. The company designed a 50-ft tall sign, making it the tallest in Ireland and the same height as the iconic Hollywood cliffside sign in Los Angeles.
Five metres wide, the sign took 600 hours to design and manufacture the steel. Sign assembly took 160 hours. Each pole in the frame weighs 4,500 kg and steelwork weighs 10,000 kg. The sign itself weighs 15 tonnes. The wall of the box sections measures 16mm wide and the base plates are 40mm thick. It took a team of 10 men to install the sign with a tandem lift of two cranes and a hiab with qualified banksman and a traffic management company.
Gaelite Signs design, manufacture and install commercial signage. The company provides clients with fascias, totems and canopies to neon displays, digital prints and window graphics. Employing a team of 75 people, the company is based in Sandyford, Co Dublin and has a 20,000 sq ft factory in Clondalkin. Clients include BWG, Maxol, McDonald’s, Tesco, Kia, Volkswagen, Peugeot, Bank of Ireland, Neworld Design and STW.
Established by Jack Coffey in 1933, Gaelite is Ireland’s representative of European sign manufacturers Visotec Group. It was recently re-certified with ISO 9001:2008.