Takushi! Tokyo’s Lovely Taxi Signs - “Tokyo is one of those cities with a very outspoken and recognizable style. This becomes even more clear when you take a look at the city’s remarkable signs on the roof of taxis. The Japanese capital is filled with these colorful expressions that give identity to each of the cabs. Lifestyle and travel blog Been Seen refers to the Takushi signs as a ‘passing parade of neon art’”.
Ivan Navarro, Shortcut, 2005. triptych: aluminum doors, mirrors, neon variable, each 86 x 39 1/2 x 7 in. (218.4 x 100.3 x 17.8 cm.) overall 86 x 130 x 7 in. (218.4 x 330.2 x 17.8 cm.) This work is number 2 from an edition of 3 plus 1 artist’s proof.
Las Vegas Neon Museum - Neon signs, introduced in Las Vegas in 1929 at the Oasis Café on Fremont Street, enjoyed their heyday between the 1930s – 1980s, still, I never get sick of looking at old signs and neon. Cool Hunting visits the Las Vegas Neon Museum, a 6 acre museum/neon boneyard set up by the city of Las Vegas and the Allied Arts Council and Young Electric Sign Company.
Photographer Ilona Karwinska ‘s new book Polish Cold War Neon (Mark Batty Publisher, £35) gathers together photographs taken over more than five years all over Poland, documenting what remains of a once extravagant plan to neonize the entire country during the 1960s, 70s and 80s…(CR Blog)
Photographer Ilona Karwinska ‘s new book Polish Cold War Neon (Mark Batty Publisher, £35): “The neon signs installed in Polish cities in the 1960s and 1970s were part of the international attempts to reconcile socialism and consumerism. Conferences in Czechoslovakia in 1957 and in the Soviet Union in 1958 set out to define a new kind of progressive advertising that would raise the tastes of consumers and rationalise their needs. Neon was given a key role in this new program. Illuminated images and words could denote a useful commodity or service (‘Save with PKO for your apartment’ or ‘Sewing Machines Here’). Permanent, fixed to buildings, and bespoke, neon was even claimed as a tool for navigating the rapidly changing city: a radiant ‘You are here’.” (CR Blog)
Iván Navarro - Brooklyn based, chilean artist, Iván Navarro has created a collection of neon light wall sculptures that are built from the floor plans of twelve of the world’s most iconic skyscrapers, including the Flatiron Building in New York and the Jumeirah Emirates Towers in Dubai.