Thursday, May 27, 2010

Whoa, whoa, whoa-oh-ohhhoh....MONA

Museum of Neon Art, that is--

Cool gallery in downtown LA displaying works by local artists as well as donated and rescued signs from what is becoming a bygone era. The museum also sponsors "Neon Cruises" in the summertime, where aficionados of electrically-charged gasses hop aboard an open-topped double-decker bus to see neon "in the wild".
Here we have some images from the museum, plus a special animated treat(?)--their Fun Land sign (TSG still researching the origin of this artifact)

1 comment:

Parm said...

Neon is good stuff. I remember mildly marveling over the medium as a very little kid.

I've also mused, if ever so momentarily, over having a neon rendition made of, say, the Toadstool Recordings Jimi logo. Even so far as to locate folks who make custom neon presentations. (Actually, now that I think about it, maybe ALL neon signs are "custom," more or less.)

I also have a vague recollection of an uncle (one of the Salinas uncles) who had a neon sign of some kind. Probably a beer advertisement of some kind, I'm guessing.

I also have a vague recollection that neon is "red" (when exposed to the appropriate electrical conditions), and red only. The other colors achieved with so-called neon signs are done using other gases. If true, then perhaps this museum is being a bit loose with themselves when referring to themselves as a "neon" museum.