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New Signage for Outside Collections in the Montet Botanic Garden, Nancy, France
Volume 3 Number 5 - December 2000
During the first twenty years of its construction (1975-1995), the Montet Botanic Garden has gradually been enriched by different collections, representing over 12,000 different species. It is a vast park, bordering the city of Nancy, with wide pathways that lead the visitor to discover the botanical riches of the different collections, including those that are sheltered by the tropical greenhouses.
In order to improve the cultural and scientific mission of the site, it was decided that an informational signage system should be installed.
There were three main objectives for the signage under consideration:
The overall project has been entrusted to a company which specialises in signage. It included the following stages:
The design specifications for the signs were that they should :
Given the three functions, the various constraints and the specificities of the site, the signage design that was chosen and implemented was the following :
Choice of Signs
Choice of Materials
The materials chosen had to be guaranteed to resist any variation in climate (a range of 50°C), ultra violent light, the specific garden environment and also the risk of vandalism. For the vertical signs, (signs providing information and maps) and the stands, lacquered aluminium was chosen. Anti-graffiti varnish was used on all the visible parts of the signs. The additional markers along the paths and the pedagogical stands are made of enamelled lava. It is a material that does not freeze, that is self-cleaning and resists graffiti and scratches.
All the signage benefited from additional landscaping which facilitated its integration in the site. The use of the same design for all the pedagogical stands reinforced the structural role of the signage within the garden.
The succinct information provided by the signs was completed by various printed documents such as maps, guide books, and descriptive sheets for the collections.
The joint approach (signage and documentation) further consolidated the cultural mission of the Montet Botanic Garden. The intention is to improve this in the future with a more ambitious policy for welcoming the public by measure such as the construction of a reception building and longer opening hours.