Five Interesting Facts About Neon Art

January 5, 2016

Located directly across the street from the Americana at Brand, the highly-anticipated Museum of Neon Art will be offering a collection of neon, glass, electric, and kinetic works. 

 

The Museum of Neon Art will be a key cultural asset to Glendale, providing residents and visitors a window into Los Angeles's history through its wide array of neon exhibits and tours of historic neon signage. 

 

With the Museum of Neon Art scheduled to open sometime in the coming months, here are five interesting facts about the history of neon and its artistic impact on the culture of Los Angeles. 

 

                                

1. Neon was discovered in 1898 by William Ramsay and Morris Travers at University College London

 

2. Neon gets its name from the Greek word "neos," meaning "new."      

  

3. The first neon signs sold in the U.S. were in 1923 to Packard, a car dealership located right here in Los Angeles!

 

4. In 1910, Georges Claude attempted to create interior home lighting using neon lights in vacuum tubes, but homeowners did not accept the idea due to their color.

 

5. If you could gather all the neon from the rooms in a typical new home in the United States, you would get 2 gallons of neon gas.  

 

The Museum of Neon Art encourages learning, curiosity and expression through the preservation, collection and interpretation of neon, electric and kinetic art. The facility will have a classroom on the premises where visitors can watch skilled neon craftspeople fabricating and processing neon tubes and take hands-on classes to learn this fascinating art form.

 

An official opening date has yet to be announced. However, the gift shop has officially opened and operates on the following days:

 

Friday, Noon to 7 PM

Saturday, Noon to 7 PM

Sunday, Noon to 5 PM

 

To view their website, click here

 

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