The replica of the original sign was made from a high-density urethane foam that hardens when painted. The company says this should last as long as the main sign. An artist was engaged to replicate the design of the original Sad Drum sign.
The meaning of the drum has been subject of much speculation over the years. It is assumed to be the face of King George III as a sad Humpty Dumpty, whose kingdom couldn’t be put back together. The sign also shows the red and blue NC militia flag, a French flag, and a variety of war implements.
‘This was an amazing project to be involved with and one that’s close to my heart,’ said Gate City Signs and Graphics owner Jim Helms. ‘I’ve frequently run through the Military Park and trained for races there. And I purposely selected my business location to be nearby the park. So, it was an honour to design and install this sign right in our backyard.’