GLASSELLLAND – After being forced to remove his Glasssellland sign last fall from its most recent home, artist Justin Stadel set about to find a permanent location for the whimsical sign that has attracted a loyal following as it has moved from hillside to hillsides. Not only did Stadel find a property owner willing to host the sign on a hill near Kinney Street, he raised more than $3,700 from an online fundraiser and “Glassellland” t-shirt and sticker sales to help create a larger, more durable sign, perhaps even one that was illuminated. But shortly after beginning work on the new sign this Sunday, Stadel had only installed the letters that spelled out “ELLLAND” before a building inspector arrived and told him he had to take the sign down, saying it violated the city’s signage rules.
Stadel delivered the bad news in an email to supporters:
“So, long story short, I have to take the sign down by the end of tomorrow. I need a lot of help. This is much more than a financial thing now. I am glad that I was able to get half the sign up so that people know that it is ready. I am working with a structural engineer (who is a local and supporter of the sign) and he is helping me navigate this situation