#neonsign - Introduction to Neon History, Use, & Technology

WORKSHOP - INTRODUCTION TO NEON HISTORY, USE, & TECHNOLOGY
TUESDAY, JUNE 3 20145:30 PM — 8:30 PM
AT THE PHILADELPHIA CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE

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In this three-hour hands-on class students will gain an overview of how neon has been developed and used to create signs, art, and architectural detailing.  You will be shown how neon colors are made, types of signs, electrical transformers, and neon-related hardware.  Images will be projected illustrating neon applications and iconic neon signs.  This class is geared towards anyone who wants to learn about or use neon, and will go into more depth than the neon walking tours or talks held at the Center. Admission for this class will be limited to 20 participants.

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Plus, there are more events in our Neon Series!

 

WALKING TOUR - 85 YEARS OF NEON SIGNS
SATURDAY, JULY 5 20143:00 PM — 5:00 PM
AT THE PHILADELPHIA CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE
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Neon signs have been a dramatic part of Philadelphia and America's landscape since the 1920's. This tour will highlight signs built from 1936 to the present, examining signs of various styles and functions. The tour guide, Len Davidson, is one of North America's leading experts on restoration and preservation of classic neon signs, and has written the sign industry's bible on historic neon, Vintage Neon (Schiffer Press, 1999). Len's tour will introduce you to neon history and technology while examining some of the most spectacular and historic signs on view in the city.

Highlights include a mint condition 1936 neon on porcelain-enamel Pittsburgh Paints sign at the Center, animated signs, neon inside and outside the Reading Terminal Market, signs of Chinatown, and the revolving Hard Rock Cafe sign.

This special tour is offered once per season (4x /year). Get your tickets here.

 

FILM + TALK - GLOWING IN THE DARK (WITH LEN DAVIDSON)
THURSDAY, SEPTEMBER 4 20147:00 PM — 8:30 PM
AT THE PHILADELPHIA CENTER FOR ARCHITECTURE
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Arguably the best film on neon ever produced, and little seen in the U.S., Glowing in the Dark captures the energy and vitality of neon.  Neon was first patented in 1923 by George Claude, a Parisian who sold over 9 million dollars in territorial licenses in the following six years. The glow of neon lights had swept across North America by the 1950's.
Set against a backdrop of spectacular footage of Vancouver, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas, Glowing in the Dark is an illuminating exploration into the vibrant history and contemporary use of neon. The movement, power, and raw exuberance of neon is revealed through a fascinating demonstration of how neon is made, a montage of notable neon installations, and commentary from a colorful array of enthusiasts

The 45 minute film will start at 7p.m. followed by a discussion led by neon historian, author, and preservationist, Len Davidson.

More about Len Davidson

This series will be led by Len Davidson, author of Vintage Neon (Schiffer, 1999).  Davidson collects and restores classic neon signs, and about 10 of his 100 piece collection are on display in the Center for Architecture gallery and AIA Bookstore. Since 1979 he has also operated a neon design business in Philadelphia. Len's interest in neon was planted by growing up in Philadelphia in the 50s, while gazing in childhood wonder at such iconic signs as the Levis Hot Dog, Sun Ray Drugs' animated mortar and pestle, and the Boot and Saddle. His interest bloomed in the mid 70s when he started a bar/restaurant with a neon ceiling while teaching sociology at University of Florida in Gainesville.

 

 

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