Show/HideSearch Criteria: All Waymarks Within 100 km of N 34° 03.762 W 118° 26.840 [show search options]
Additional Settings: all dates
Show/HideCategories [hide category]
Artistic Neon Lights
 allows ratings
Managed By: Icon Here "NEOS"
Description:
Whether you seek Neon lights to rekindle your memories of what once was; or you are seeing the signs for the first time, they are an interesting and an enjoyable attraction.
Remnants .. remembered and yearned for, the neon lights.. celestial fires of another sort, green, gold, ruby red, & electric blue. Not only are the signs historical, with their spectacular colors, intricate animation, and sheer size, they are also considered by many to be true works of art.
Expanded Description:

Born of steel and glass,
fired by Noble Gas.
Beckoning, nocturnal, left behind.
Some forgotten ghosts of good times gone.
A handful alive, preserved by a new generation.
Sublime under peeling paint and rust patina

 

Old neon signs are the endangered species along the roadsides of many countries. Many are being replaced with generic, cheaper to maintain signs lit with fluorescent bulbs. Others are left to degrade and become dim when tubes break and are not replaced. There are new neon signs being produced, but they more often than not do not have the imagination of a master neon sign.

The History of Neon
The word Neon comes from the Greek "neos," meaning "The New Gas." Old Neon signs are most often neon or argon gas in a vacuum tube; the smaller the diameter of the tube, the more intense the light produced and the higher the voltage required to illuminate it.

The neon sign is attributed to Georges Claude who popularized it in Paris in 1910. The Lights Fantastic was brought to America in 1923. Earle C. Anthony purchased two signs for $24,000, money enough to purchase a small bungalow or two automobiles, and installed them in his Los Angeles Packard dealership. It is said, one sign still glows in the night!

Although there are now more than 150 neon colors possible by combining different gases like Krypton, Xenon and Helium, two favorites remain -- a fiery orange-red Neon gas called Ruby Red and a soft lavender Argon gas that turns a brilliant blue when enhanced with a drop or two of mercury. Another blue - Bromo Blue - named from the popular deep blue Bromo-Seltzer bottle, is a glass color made from Cobalt.

In the early years neon signs stopped traffic as people stared in fascination. The so-called "Liquid Fire" captivated the public and it wasn't long before neon was everywhere. Theater marquee, night club and restaurant signs became an integral part of the streamlined American landscape.

Good for Category

Good for Category


Neon became the light of the American Dream. Technology created even more colors and by the 50's pink and turquoise started to cover the new drive-ins and diners, matching girl's felt poodle skirts and boy's ruffled tuxedo shirts for Prom night.

By the 60's bright plastic signs began to appear and neon's blazing lights, suddenly considered tacky, faded across the nation. During the next ten years neon sign making almost became a lost art, but in the early 70's a new breed of neon craftspeople emerged; these artisans expanded the realm of neon from advertising signs into the world of art. Artists like Fishman learned to use neon tubing to express his visions. The results are nothing less than breath-taking!
 

See the About.com - History of Neon Signs web page or Let there be Neon for more interesting information.

NOT Acceptable for Category

Instructions for Posting a Artistic Neon Lights Waymark:
The neon signs waymarked in this category must be unique and artistic neon creations. There is plenty of average neon out there - beer signs, neon "open" signs. What we are looking for is something that is above average, either in the graphic arts and imagery sense Examples of what are acceptable and unacceptable signs can be seen in the photos above.

Required:

  • Coordinates at the sign
  • Two photos; we strongly encourage one to be an evening shot, and the other a day shot if possible. Please make the evening photo the default image if you have a good one.
  • Information about the history of the business the sign advertises.
  • Is the business still in operation?
  • REMINDER: Signs in this category must be UNIQUE, GRAPHICALLY ARTISTIC, neon creations. TEXT ONLY SIGNS SHOULD NOT BE SUBMITTED

  • Instructions for Visiting a Waymark in this Category:
    Please upload a day & night photo of the sign if possible and tell us about its current condition. Is the neon working? How is the paint wearing?
    Category Settings:
    • Waymarks can be added to this category
    • New waymarks of this category are reviewed by the category group prior to being published
    • Category is visible in the directory
    Variables:
    • Business Name
    • Business Type
    • Physical Address
    • Web Address
    • Condition of Neon Sign
    Show/HideWaymarks [hide waymarks]

    sorted by:

     
    Total Records: 53 Page: 1 of 3 prev<<<[123]>>>next
    Image for Fox Theater - Los Angeles, CAview gallery

    here0 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsFox Theater - Los Angeles, CA

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    One of the most historic theaters in all of cinema. Many movies have their premiers here.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: California

    date approved: 9/7/2020

    last visited: never

    Image for Fox Bruin Theater - Los Angeles, CAview gallery

    EE0 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsFox Bruin Theater - Los Angeles, CA

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    A historic theater near UCLA.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: California

    date approved: 9/7/2020

    last visited: never

    Image for Neon Dog  -  West Hollywood, CAview gallery

    NENE7.1 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsNeon Dog - West Hollywood, CA

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    Located at COLLAR & LEASH, 8555 Santa Monica Blvd. at La Cienega.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2

    location: California

    date approved: 11/17/2015

    last visited: 6/9/2013

    Image for Santa Monica Pierview gallery

    SWSW7.2 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsSanta Monica Pier

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    Sign over the entry to the pier in Santa Monica, California.

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member TravisGood

    location: California

    date approved: 3/6/2007

    last visited: 10/22/2017

    Image for Bubba Gump Shrimp Company Neon Logo - Santa Monica, CAview gallery

    SWSW7.4 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsBubba Gump Shrimp Company Neon Logo - Santa Monica, CA

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    On the north side of the famed Santa Monica Pier sits this Bubba Gump restaurant with its glowing neon signs and highlights. This artistic rendition of the company's logo in neon is seen at several locations within the restaurant.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill

    location: California

    date approved: 10/29/2011

    last visited: 7/7/2016

    Image for Hamburger Mary's  -  West Hollywood, CAview gallery

    NENE7.7 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsHamburger Mary's - West Hollywood, CA

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    Hamburger Mary's is located at 8288 Santa Monica Blvd, West Hollywood, CA 90046

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2

    location: California

    date approved: 5/5/2013

    last visited: 4/4/2013

    Image for Buca di Beppo - The Original Farmer's Market - Los Angeles, CAview gallery

    EE8.2 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsBuca di Beppo - The Original Farmer's Market - Los Angeles, CA

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    An Italian restaurant at The Original Farmer's Market has an artistic neon sign

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Max and 99

    location: California

    date approved: 2/19/2020

    last visited: never

    Image for Silver Ladies of Hollywood  -  Hollywood, CAview gallery

    NENE10.3 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsSilver Ladies of Hollywood - Hollywood, CA

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    This neon sign is part of a sculpture formally called "Hollywood and La Brea Gateway" celebrating Hollywood's female stars.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2

    location: California

    date approved: 4/8/2013

    last visited: 6/28/2020

    Image for Hollywood and Vine - Hollywood, CAview gallery

    EE11.9 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsHollywood and Vine - Hollywood, CA

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    A small neon sign at the famous intersection of Hollywood and Vine.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: California

    date approved: 9/7/2020

    last visited: never

    Image for Aztec Theatre - Hollywood, CAview gallery

    NENE12.1 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsAztec Theatre - Hollywood, CA

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    Located at Universal Studios in Hollywood.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2

    location: California

    date approved: 6/6/2016

    last visited: 5/21/2016

    Image for Felix the Cat - Los Angeles, CAview gallery

    EE16.1 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsFelix the Cat - Los Angeles, CA

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    Felix the cat has made his way to Los Angeles.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: California

    date approved: 1/20/2017

    last visited: 1/20/2017

    Image for Flyaway Bus Depot neon travel sign sculptureview gallery

    NN16.7 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsFlyaway Bus Depot neon travel sign sculpture

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    NEON SCULPTURE ILLUMINATES THE VAN NUYS FLYAWAY BUS TERMINAL- Titled 'Flyaway'.

    posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member calgriz

    location: California

    date approved: 1/1/2010

    last visited: 6/19/2014

    Image for Shrimp - Redondo Beach, CAview gallery

    SS25.4 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsShrimp - Redondo Beach, CA

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    One of many neon signs on the Redondo Beach Pier.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: California

    date approved: 6/6/2016

    last visited: 6/6/2016

    Image for Old Tony's - Redondo Beach, CAview gallery

    SS25.4 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsOld Tony's - Redondo Beach, CA

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    One of many neon signs on the Redondo Beach Pier.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: California

    date approved: 6/6/2016

    last visited: 6/6/2016

    Image for Mermaid - Redondo Beach, CAview gallery

    SS25.4 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsMermaid - Redondo Beach, CA

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    One of many neon signs on the Redondo Beach Pier.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: California

    date approved: 6/6/2016

    last visited: 6/6/2016

    Image for Crab - Redondo Beach, CAview gallery

    SS25.4 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsCrab - Redondo Beach, CA

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    One of many neon signs on the Redondo Beach Pier.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member bluesnote

    location: California

    date approved: 6/6/2016

    last visited: 6/6/2016

    Image for Rose Bowl - Pasadena, Californiaview gallery

    NENE28 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsRose Bowl - Pasadena, California

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    Beautiful sign on the great Rose Bowl stadium in Pasadena, California.

    posted by: Groundspeak Charter Member BruceS

    location: California

    date approved: 8/9/2009

    last visited: 2/17/2018

    Image for Green Shirt  -  Pasadena, CAview gallery

    EE28.2 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsGreen Shirt - Pasadena, CA

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    This neon light sculpture is located on the side of the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Metro2

    location: California

    date approved: 5/24/2013

    last visited: 5/1/2013

    Image for The Hat -- Pasadena CAview gallery

    EE30.7 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsThe Hat -- Pasadena CA

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    The artistic neon sign for The Hat -- an awesome place for a hot pastrami in Pasadena since 1951

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Benchmark Blasterz

    location: California

    date approved: 4/4/2016

    last visited: 3/9/2016

    Image for Out of the Closet - Pasadena, California, USA.view gallery

    EE32 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsOut of the Closet - Pasadena, California, USA.

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    Out of the Closet - Features an assortment of items displayed in colourful neon tubes, that you may like to donate to a thrift store. Located on Historic Route 66, now known as Colorado Blvd, in Pasadena, California.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: California

    date approved: 8/4/2014

    last visited: 7/31/2018

    Image for Camerons Sea Food - Pasadena, California, USA.view gallery

    EE32.3 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsCamerons Sea Food - Pasadena, California, USA.

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    Camerons Sea Food - One of California's landmark Seafood Restaurants. Located alongside Historic Route 66, now known as Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, CA.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: California

    date approved: 8/4/2014

    last visited: 7/31/2018

    Image for Walgreens - Googie Neon - Pasedena, California, USA.view gallery

    EE33.2 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsWalgreens - Googie Neon - Pasedena, California, USA.

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    The Neon features the Walgreens Logo, with addition of the Googie arrows. The arrow point the way into the store car park. Located alongside Historic Route 66, now known as Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, CA.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: California

    date approved: 8/4/2014

    last visited: 5/27/2014

    Image for Whistle Stop Train - Artistic Neon - Pasadena, California. USA.view gallery

    EE33.3 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsWhistle Stop Train - Artistic Neon - Pasadena, California. USA.

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    A stunning double sided Neon sign promoting 'The Original Whistle Stop' Model train Shop. Located alongside Historic Route 66, now known as Colorado Blvd. in Pasadena, CA.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member veritas vita

    location: California

    date approved: 8/4/2014

    last visited: 3/9/2016

    Image for Pasadena Laundry Rose  -  Pasadena, CAview gallery

    EE33.6 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsPasadena Laundry Rose - Pasadena, CA

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    In the City of Roses, even the laundromats have roses! And, the Rose Parade does pass by this E. Colorado Blvd. location.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member silverquill

    location: California

    date approved: 8/8/2009

    last visited: never

    Image for Whittier Village Cinemas Marquee - Whittier, CAview gallery

    EE38.9 km

    Log it!

    Artistic Neon LightsWhittier Village Cinemas Marquee - Whittier, CA

    in Artistic Neon Lights

    Whittier Village Cinemas is a good example of Art Deco style theaters built in the 1930’s. It is located in the Historic Uptown District of Whittier, CA.

    posted by: Groundspeak Premium Member Merlin-N-Mim

    location: California

    date approved: 10/19/2010

    last visited: never

    Total Records: 53 Page: 1 of 3 prev<<<[123]>>>next
    Premium Member Downloads: download.GPX Lite File       download.LOC File       download .KML File (Google Earth)