Is it just me but is this not the actual SAM The Record Man sign?
What did the signs look like when you first began your work?
They looked terrible but some parts were in almost perfect condition. The original signs were made from sheet metal, which rusts over time, so much of the signs were rusted beyond repair and were not salvageable.
What does the procedure for the repair of the signs look like?
We just completed the design stage and there has been no major physical work on the signs yet, but the material has been ordered and is expected to come in at any time. We started by refurbishing the "Sam" letters that were removed and creating the neon tubes. We are also replacing all of the white neon tubes because the glass tubing has lead content and so we are replacing all of those with lead-free glass. We will be also replacing the fluorescent lamps with LED lighting.
Could they not have built in enough supports so they didn't need the slats? You see billboards on top of buildings all over the city with no issues, I don't see why it should be any different here.
Perhaps using small holes would'e been better to maintaining the red and letting some wind through. The only time this sign will look good across the square is at night now.