|WALKING TOUR -|
85 YEARS OF NEON SIGNS
Neon signs have been a dramatic part of Philadelphia and America's landscape since the 1920's. This tour will highlight signs built from 1932 to the present, examining signs of various styles and functions. The tour guide... read more
Running from Apr 26 2014 - Oct 11 2014.
NEON HISTORY, USE,
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, elect... read more
Tuesday, June 3 2014 / 5:30 PM - 8:30 PM
FILM + TALK - |
GLOWING IN THE DARK
(WITH LEN DAVIDSON)
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... read more
Thursday, September 4 2014 / 7:00 PM - 8:30 PM
NEON DESIGN WORKSHOP
Students in this class will design a sample neon piece for signage, architectural, or artistic use. Participants will be instructed in neon pattern making and will begin to create a paper design to be made into neon. ... read more
Wednesday, November 5 2014 / 9:30 AM - 12:30 PM
NEON SLIDE SHOW TALKS |
Three talks will be given by neon expert 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 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.
The talks combine insider insights on neon signs, technology, and history with stunning images of classic neon pieces. All talks are held in the Center's gallery/auditorium, and run from 6 to 7:30 on Wednesdays
Topics and dates are:
Davidson Neon Design, Inc.
2140 Mount Vernon St.
Philadelphia, PA 19130
Phone: (215) 232-0478 email: Len@DavidsonNeon.com