Wednesday, February 15, 2017

Bring to Orlando: 47 Years of Orlando Neon Signs Placed Back Out into the Open as Public Art

The Morse Museum in Winter Park houses the pre-eminent collection of local iconic neon signs. The collection was started in the 70s and continues to this day. That's great for history, but no one is allowed to see the collection. There aren't tours and the doors aren't open for the public. So this urban art, completely restored and glowing, sit in the dark.

But here's an idea.

Plant the signs all over the city. The Las Vegas Neon Museum restores and lights a small handful their signs then places them all over the city as public art project: pieces of history out in the open, visible by anyone who passes by. They're placed back on tall poles and back into the context from which they came. Regular everyday people can see them as they drive by, exactly how they used to be seen in decades past.
"The Las Vegas Boulevard Signs Project partners the Neon Museum with the City of Las Vegas to install restored signs from the Museum collection along Las Vegas Boulevard, illuminating downtown Las Vegas. In 1996, the Horse and Rider from the Hacienda Hotel was the first sign restored and installed as public art in Downtown Las Vegas."
The City of Orlando can place them *all* over the city, not just in one district. Orlando can spread its history and some beauty in places void of both.

This is what the Morse should do with at least a portion of that collection.


3 comments:

Anonymous said...

This is a great idea!

Unknown said...

Does this collection include the Merita Bread neon sign?

The Daily City® said...

The Merita Bread sign is included yes.