Local artist's creations welcome drivers to Bossier City

By Nikki Henderson | nhenderson@ktalnews.tv

Published 06/12 2014 02:48PM

Updated 06/12 2014 02:52PM

If you make the drive into Bossier City you will be welcomed to town in colorful fashion thanks to the creativity of one local artist.

New welcome signs designed, hand-painted and installed by artist Chris Opps of Bossier City are now in place at five entry points around the city.

Back in March, Opps approached Mayor Lorenz Walker with the idea for the signs and brought along a rendering of their design which is reminiscent of old post cards.

The city's old welcome signs were in need of a new look so the city commissioned Opps to create the new signs at a cost of $6,050. The signs can be found at the following locations:

  • I-220 just east of the Red River Bridge
  • I-20 near Louisiana Downs
  • Hwy 80 just west of Hillcrest Memorial Cemetery
  • Highway 3 just north of I-220
  • Highway 71 at Shady Grove Dr.     
Opps began the project around the end of April and had all the signs in place in about a month. Some of his artwork is also being showcased in an exhibit this month at the Bossier Arts Council on 630 Barksdale Blvd.

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