A 'little city' gets new big banner

By Conor Mooney

April 8, 2013 Updated Apr 8, 2013 at 8:57 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Locals can expect a new banner hanging from City Hall to promote First Fridays and art in Binghamton.

The city of Binghamton and the Gorgeous Washington Street association revealed the design Monday at a press conference on Court Street.

The designer is Binghamton University junior, Rosemary Smith.

She entered her work in the "Big Art, Little City" contest.

She found out at the end of March that a 20-foot by 30-foot version of her work would be hung for thousands to see.

Hundreds voted for the designs on Facebook and at an open house earlier in the year.

Smith's work received more than 600 votes.

"I looked around at some of the art in Binghamton and I wanted to find something that represented the diversity in Binghamton," Smith said.

The first Big Art banner went up on the south wall five years ago.

"During the past year, I've been getting some not-so-subtle hints that maybe it's time for a facelift," said Merry Harris, of the Binghamton Economic Development Office.

Artists Kari Bayait and Emily Jablon won second place with more than 300 votes

Their work will also be featured throughout the city.