A big banner for 'BIG ART'

By Kelly McCarthy

July 11, 2013 Updated Jul 11, 2013 at 6:09 PM EDT

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) A giant banner showcasing Binghamton's First Fridays is now hanging on the south wall of City Hall.

The banner was chosen out of nearly 10 contest entries by local artists.

The Gorgeous Washington Street Association and city of Binghamton held the competition to choose a new design.

Binghamton University student and longtime Binghamton resident Rosemary Smith won the contest with her original abstract design.

Smith hopes when people see her artwork, they get a sense of Binghamton's diversity.

"I was hoping," Smith said, "Incorporating so many colors into one piece of artwork then it would bring something, some sort of representation of that diversity into the artwork."

The first banner hanging at City Hall was put up in 2008 by a group of Vestal High School art students.

The students first came up with the slogan "Big Art in a Little City."

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