Online Exhibition of Neon Lights Marks Sign of the Times
Four-thousand photos by Hong Kong residents form part of the interactive project
Don’t look now, but all the neon lights are fading. We used to see their flashing signs everywhere, but now, apart from the odd seedy motel, they have almost vanished. Even places like Las Vegas and Hong Kong will gradually replace them with digital signage, as something that once spelt out the future slides slowly into the past.
Mobile M+: NEONSIGNS.HK is an online exhibition by M+, Hong Kong’s museum for visual culture, that aims to celebrate this neglected art form and show how important it has been to the visual culture of Hong Kong. It documents the history of neon lights, featuring essays on their cultural significance and a gallery of over 4,000 photos submitted by the public. The photos were taken by Hong Kong residents between March 21 and June 30 of this year to create a unique neon map of the region.