If you haven’t noticed, I have a thing for old, rusty neon signage. I think it has character and takes you back to a time when things were simpler. Some signs I’ve seen are faded, but still pop with a lot of character with crazy, painted on fonts and lighting.
Someday, I’d like to visit that Neon Graveyard they have out in Las Vegas to see all those old Vegas Strip Casino signs from the glory days of yesteryear.
This year’s entry for Art All Night is a continuation of a theme I’ve had going for the past three years: Vintage Recreational Signs. Two years ago, to great acclaim, I entered a photo of late 1950s-style Dairy Queen signage. Both ice cream lovers and nostalgia lovers alike fell in love with it, and I sold 3 copies of the image.
Last year, I entered another ice cream themed neon sign, but it was much smaller, and I think less noticed.
I photographed this mini golf sign in North Park, which is a county-owned park in Allegheny County, PA. I had a rare week day off and wanted to explore. The mini golf course actually looked really interesting to photograph on its’ own, but it was closed. What I like most about this image is that it was a crisp and cool day, but still bright and sunny with blue skies. I think I felt the contrast of the rusty sign over the blue sky would be interesting.
I haven’t been past the mini golf since I took this photo, so I am not sure if this sign is actually still standing. Regardless, I feel like I have captured a piece of history.
A little bit of info on the actual artwork: it is a 16″ x 24″ metallic photographic print which was mounted to a wood based image block. If you would like to adorn your wall at home with this quirky and fun piece, please come down and visit it at the 18th Annual Art All Night. The going rate on it is $200.00 for the 16″x24″ image block.