Despite the especially thick afternoon weather, over fifty members of our community gathered last Friday to commemorate the new Farmer's Market Eagle and display the beautifully restored neon Jaekel Sign.
As the crowd gathered around City Hall, the President of the Historical Society opened the presentation by introducing the influential members of our community who helped develop these projects. First, the Jaekel Sign's renovation was described. Before it was discovered, this sign had been scorching outside for years which caused significant structural and electrical damage. Talented artists and experts throughout our area took turns lending their local expertise. Today, the bright neon lights that once attracted famous guests in 1905 can now been seen by the Statesboro community attached to the left side of our City Hall.
Following this excitement, members of the crowd were directed down the steps of City Hall so that the new Farmer's Market Eagle could be unveiled. This art was described by a representative from the art department at Georgia Southern responsible for its creation. From the original idea that was suggested by students years ago to the process that landed this Eagle in our downtown community, it was fascinating hearing how every detail was considered by the inventors of this project. The eagles themselves are even weighted so they do not actually take flight during a gust of wind.
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