Wednesday, May 15, 2013
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Monday, May 06, 2013
|Delmar Movie Palace is closed, but sign remains Photo by Matthew Bamberg|
In Miami, for example, a few lucky areas have been preserved as districts where both the architecture and signage has been preserved. But outside these areas major rebuilding has taken place without regard to preservation.
The city of Paris saves just about every sign and building ever erected, while the city of London does not.
World globalization and corporate control of the land in much of the world is bad news for old neon and politics plays a major role in any preservation program.
In the city of Los Angeles the Neon Museum (MONA) hosts a program to save and repair the neon so that the signs of yesteryear still glow.
Sunday, May 05, 2013
|Road Runner Motel in Gallup, New Mexico Photo by Matthew Bamberg|
Who doesn't love a roadrunner. Throughout the Western United States, the bird is revered for it's sleek body and long tail. Homage to the lovely bird exists in signage in a few spots of the region.
Friday, May 03, 2013
|Hill Top Motel, Kingman, AZ|
First, the sign maker bends the tubes, a tricky, yet artistic task as each letter must conform to the other and like letters must be bent in exactly the same shape.
To make the neon glow, an electric current must flow thorough the tube. The colors depend on the mixture of gasses inside the tube, usually neon, argon and mercury.
Wednesday, May 01, 2013
|Blue Skies Trailer Park sign near Santa Barbara, CA Photo by Matthew Bamberg|