In 2018, the KC Streetcar Authority (KCSA) began an exciting new cultural venture that featured the dazzling new streetcars as wrapped “exhibition canvases” celebrating the history and culture of Kansas City in a bold new way. The KCSA began the series as a collaboration with Art in the Loop (a Kansas City not-for-profit that supports local artists).
The streetcars would be wrapped with large-scale reproductions of visually impactful original art created by Kansas City artists that were selected by Art in the Loop for exhibition. The theme showcased KC-influenced art “that uplifts and connects” the community within the city the artists call “home.”
The task of wrapping the Streetcars bounced around to a few different wrap installers until one day Signco showed up to wrap one for them. After witnessing Signco’s dedication, professionalism, attention to detail, and workmanship firsthand, the KCSA said they were convinced Signco was the only professional wrap company that they wanted to work with for wrapping the KC Streetcars.
The entire Streetcar wrap process, from assisting with scaling designs to printing the wrap material, to installation on the Streetcars was handled by Signco. Streetcars are an entirely new beast when it comes to creating and installing a wrap. Each car is a 77 ft long canvas that is in near-constant motion in all types of weather. The scale of the project, its multiple curves, its rooftop surface area, accordion-center, and massive windows require an acute level of precise planning early in the design stage ¬– and at each step forward toward vinyl fabrication – to make sure the art and messaging are displayed optimally on this unique vehicle.