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The dying art of Hong Kong’s neon signs

Posted by rod - 16.06.2014

Hong Kong’s museum for visual culture recently created a documentary and an online exhibition about Hong Kong’s neon signs. In addition to that the M+ museum received over 2,700 photos from fans who took pictures of the iconic signs.

 

Pretty much any business in Hong Kong had or still uses a neon sign from drugstores, banks, restaurants, bars, clubs, video game parlours etc. What these signs symbolise is a hallmark of prosperity. What would Hong Kong be with out neon signs? As one guy says right in the begging of the documentary – “Without neon lights the city is like a ghost town”.

 

Producing and designing neon signs was at its hight during the 1980s-1990s and is unfortunately or fortunately a dying art. The signs still retain their charm if they work, but for a lot of them the light has gone off. Check out the video and the rest essays and photos on neonsighgns.hk via Creative Review

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