Grid Mark Signs – The story behind the mysterious giant metal dice

In the link below see how Grid Mark Signs, owner Chris Gridley turned an old rusty tank into a monument now standing in the Coeur D’Alene skate park.

COEUR D’ALENE, Idaho — It was the talk of the town this past weekend and into Monday: how did a giant metal die wind up on the shores of Lake Coeur d’Alene?

It appeared next to the Resort over the weekend and city crews removed it from the water Monday, but residents wanted answers. Where had it come from in the first place?

The tank washed ashore Driftwood Point in 2008. It was stuck on Michele Gridley’s mother’s neighbors beach and they got tired of looking at it.

“We don’t know where it came from, it just showed up on the beach,” Chris Gridley said of the mystery box.
“My husband…made some large vinyl circles to place on the tank to look like a die,” explained Michele Gridley.

The Gridleys own a sign shop, Grid Mark Signs, in Spokane. Chris Gridley made the dots to create the die, and his in-law’s house became affectionately known to some locals as “Dice Beach.”

The die stayed at “Dice Beach” for another five years, before it drifted away last week.. and landed right next to downtown.


“We’ll always kind of miss it, since we always got a giggle out of it, but we never expected it to become so popular when it recently washed up by Independence Point,” said Michele Gridley.

“It just shows you the wear and durability of decals stuck to a rusty tank floating across the county,” Chris Gridley said with a laugh.

City crews moved the die from the water downtown, but not before plenty of locals got photos with the unusual landmark.

The die now lives off Northwest Boulevard, by the skate park. Still more people are visiting it there to snap a photo.

Still no word on who actually owns the metal box, but at least we know why it was transformed into a die!
 Grid Mark Signs – Chris Gridley the man behind the mystery!