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Three fabulous sites

I have been surfing and come across three fantastic sites decicated to light artistry and artisanship.


First is this one, no longer active, recommendded to me by Margaret Petty. Nothing into Something, on which many fascinating projects about lighting installations and design were featured:


Second is the wonderful Project Neon, devised by Kirsten Hively to capture New York’s neon signs:










Third is the brilliant Light Traveller blog, devoted to showcasing a plethora of light design and art:




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September 17th, 2013 - 13:28pm

Britain’s Neon Boneyard

This was featured on the BBC News page. Besides making all sorts of innovative and amusing neon signs, Chris also collects and restores old neon and other light signage as well. love and lustI do hope he finds a home for the collection. Check out the website:



September 17th, 2013 - 13:09pm

Las Vegas, The Neon Museum and Fremont Street

Roland Baskeyfield, light designer, discuses his recent trip to the Las Vegas Neon Museum:

The heart of Las Vegas with its omnipresent neon is a truly remarkable sight.  By night, Las Vegas Boulevard glows in a multitude of colours, moving from hotel to casino as if with a rhythm and beat all of its own.  With such an enchanting visual feast, always wanting to see the next spectacle, the four or so miles of walking the ‘Las Vegas Strip’ was effortless. On waking next morning, the only strip visible from the hotel room was the landing strip of Las Vegas’ McCarran International Airport, but there was still one very important appointment before leaving town: The Neon Museum of Las Vegas –

Vegas - Vintage ‘S’, tungsten, incandescent and neon outline

Driving through the streets, we soon knew we were in the right neighbourhood, when first greeted by the giant column-mounted silver slipper decorated with many light bulbs and then the unmistakable sight of La Concha – the shell.  Amazingly, the visitors’ centre of the museum is the lobby from the former La Concha Motel, originally built in the 1960s.  When the motel closed, the lobby itself was saved from demolition and lovingly re-sited at The Neon Museum.Vegas - Boneyard Park at The Neon Museum

Having  joined Troy, our guide, we started our tour.  You might imagine visiting The Neon Museum in broad daylight, with the mid-morning desert sun beating down wouldn’t be the optimum time to visit, but that couldn’t be further from the truth.  We wove our way round the ‘boneyard’ and museum’s vast collection of signs, largely from casinos, hotels and motels.  It was very special to share in the celebrated architectural history of this city; the sheer amount innovation and skill that had gone into the design and fabrication of each sign was so apparent.

Many of the signs comprised tungsten/incandescent lamp bulbs in conjunction with neon; however some were just composed with bulbs, others solely neon.   We learnt that standard bulbs were used, not heavy duty and that it could be practically a full time job to keep signs fully illuminated and not a job for those with an aversion to heights!  Looking at the signs, it was fascinating to learn about what had influenced design.  The sign from the former Stardust hotel for instance was inspired by the nuclear tests that were performed some decades ago at the Nevada National Security Site.

The Neon Museum not only preserves historical signs, but also has a programme of sign restoration across several city centre sites.  The first sign to be restored was the Hacienda Horse and Rider which is in the Fremont Street district.  Fremont Street is where the Las Vegas we know started back in the 1920s and contains a great collection of neon signs.  For more stories about ScandiNord’s travels please read our ‘Neon North America’ articles over the coming weeks at and please feel free to leave your thoughts and comments.Vegas - Hacienda Horse and Rider


May 23rd, 2013 - 12:49pm

Marshmallow Laser Feast

May 1st, 2013 - 06:09am

Warsaw Neon Museum

Neon is commonly associated with the excesses of commodity capitalism, an example of lighting technology that framed the modernist landscape of the 20th century western city by night. Certainly the flickering glory of neon defined places like Las Vegas and Atlantic City. Less well recognised is the position of neon within the landscape of cities located the other side of the Iron Curtain. So the next time you are in Warsaw, perhaps it would be good to find some time to visit the Warsaw Neon Museum.

March 15th, 2013 - 20:07pm