An online exhibit and documentary charts the history of the creation of this urban landscape.

M+, Hong Kong’s museum for visual culture, has launched an interactive online exhibit called NEONSIGNS.HK, which aims to map out and document the story of the rise and fall of the neon sign industry in Hong Kong.

The neon sign industry was especially popular in the 80s and 90s, but the introduction of LED lights has affected the livelihood of the neon sign craftsmen, and neon signs are disappearing.

M+ architecture and design curator Aric Chen said, “These signs are starting to disappear quickly, and as the saying goes, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone. What we can do is help people appreciate the value of neon signs.”

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