CGT’s David Gilbert recognized for neighborhood project

David Gilbert

David Gilbert, right, stands with the new Lake Forest monument along with Buddy Mulkey, owner of Island Home Granite Signs & Monuments, who completed the engraving.

David Gilbert, Communication Graphics Technology program coordinator, was recognized in the local media recently for his contributions to a neighborhood beautification project in the Lake Forest subdivision.

Gilbert, a graphic designer and Lake Forest resident, created a new logo for the neighborhood that was then engraved on a five-ton, nine-foot block of Tennessee pink marble. The stone was used formerly at Ijams Nature Center and was donated to Lake Forest.

The beautification project was initiated in part because Lake Forest is participating in the 2015 Dogwood Arts Festival’s featured trail: the Chapman Highway Dogwood Trail.

“The idea of engraved marble immediately forced me to consider an approach to produce something that was not only reflective of the character and heritage of the community, but that could also stand the test of time,” Gilbert said. “The probability that the sign would have a lifespan much longer than any design project that I had ever encountered may have weighed a bit heavier than I would like to readily admit.

“The last thing that I want for a piece such as this is to be dated or look ‘so 2014.’ I hope that I have produced a design that has a timeless quality and will serve the community for many years to come.”