Lately Loving: Neon Signs


Neon signs are typically thought of as outdoor signage, highlighting landmarks with beams of bright and colourful light, prominent mostly at night, they are also quiet visible in daylight. Signs have a tacky reputation in some cases, however in others, the attention to graphics become a prominent feature making them works of art, not just an indication of building or company name.

The use of neon started over 100 years ago and became increasingly popular in the US from 1920 – 1960. Since then, we have seen a decline in the use of the gas charged tubes in signs outdoors, however great efforts are being made to preserve and restore antique neon signs. The Museum of Neon Art (MONA), located in Glendale California encourages learning and curiosity of the art form both new and old, also offering neon cruises through the streets of Los Angeles.

Now the trend is moving inside with the art of neon becoming wildly popular in interiors. Artists are embracing this medium with text, geometrics and once again large signs used as dynamic wall decor. All you need is a plug in…

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