Joseph Hines of Project Arts & Ideas, director of the wayside interpretive exhibit, puts the finishing touches on one of the interpretive signs just before the opening of the Topinabee wayside interpretive exhibit. 


Topinabee’s new wayside exhibit overlooks Mullett Lake, one of four area inland lakes that are connected to Lake Huron through three rivers.

No story of any historic area is complete without engaging the imagination of the viewer through a combination of photos and storytelling. The Topinabee exhibit was designed to provide layers of Topinabee history from the lumber era into the Twenty First Century.


This particular exhibit combines colorized mid-Twentieth Century images as background and is highlighted by images from Topinabee’s earliest history. Text at the far left of the exhibit leads the viewer into the visual experience with its intriguing explanation of the Topinabee name. 

To make this exhibit signage withstand both the harshness of a Northern Michigan winter and the potential for human damage, Gene specified vandal resistant graphics and powder coated structures to ensure this exhibit will withstand both heavy use and extreme weather conditions.



Project Credits

Project Direction - Joseph Hines, Project Arts & Ideas 
Graphic Design - Gene Ullery-Smith Graphic Design
Printing and fabrication - iZone