29 Jan ABC7: Sneak Peek at Museum of Neon Art in Glendale
By Adrienne Alpert
GLENDALE, Calif. (KABC) — There’s a museum about to celebrate its grand opening, where the exhibits literally sizzle. It’s the Museum of Neon Art, which has its new home in Glendale.
Neon is where art and science intersect.
The museum space is not big, and they have a large collection, so exhibits will rotate.
The next show in April will exhibit more iconic commercial signs. All of this is made possible by the city of Glendale, which is undergoing a redevelopment boom. The Neon Museum is part of its plan giving Brand Boulevard a new look.
“We saw a great opportunity to move some city funds in, invite a great tenant … and together, we’re making this to be something that was much better than it ever could have been,” said Glendale Mayor Ara Najarian.
The Neon Museum had to move from its downtown space and find a location where fans would appreciate it. Their efforts are helping preserve pieces of neon that have been torn down for scrap.
Far from a dying art, the museum has a classroom and plans to teach the art of bending glass and filling it with gasses — a pursuit that probably hasn’t changed too much in 100 years.
The museum’s grand opening is next week, but the doors are already open for visitors Fridays and weekends.
For more information, visit neonmona.org.