More campus building monument signs in place

The building monument signage pilot project continues to move forward with a new sign in place outside the Art Building and another commemorating the renaming of one of the largest lecture halls on campus from Chem 194 to Peter A. Rock Hall.

For the typography buffs out there you may notice that the font has changed from our pilot sign which now resides outside Cruess Hall (see photo here) to the latest and final renditions. The overall consensus found that the new and non-italicized version was easier to read. You may also notice that street names have been added below the address number in an effort to clarify the purpose of the number. (These addresses have been included to facilitate emergency services’ locating of our campus buildings in the event of a crisis.)

Discover more about the implementation and history of this project here.

Photo of new building monument signage outside the UC Davis Art Building.

PHOTO CAPTION: You may be wondering, “What is that thing?” If so, you are not alone! It is called the “Slant Step” and believe it or not served as the catalyst to an important period in art history that started right here at UC Davis—the “Funk Movement.” Eventually our plan is to develop a website with information to educate visitors about the graphics on all these signs and why they were selected to represent each building.

Discover more about the Slant Step, the history of the “Funk Movement” and its link to UC Davis here.

Photo of new building monument signage outside UC Davis Rock Hall (formerly known as Chem 194).

PHOTO CAPTION: The graphic featured here is called a perovskite structure. Many chemists at UC Davis and throughout the world work with it, one of nature’s most widespread and versatile solid structures. Perovskites can be insulators, metals and superconductors. They can conduct electricity by movement of electrons and ions. Their magnetic, dielectric and optical properties can be tailored. Dr. Alexandra Navrotsky, professor of ceramic, earth and environmental materials chemistry at the UC Davis Peter A. Rock Thermochemistry Laboratory, sums it up: “If you want a job done, ask a perovskite!”


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