November 5, 2020
Wings A-Light and Selfies Take Flight at the Museum of Neon Art (MONA)
MONA installs neon wings on Brand Boulevard to share light and hope with the City of Glendale.
This week MONA finished installation of a neon sculpture of glowing rainbow wings facing out of the Museum’s window on Brand Boulevard, the main thoroughfare in Downtown Glendale. The wings, which were donated to the Museum by event producer Relevé Unlimited, intend to forge points of connection and interaction with the Museum’s growing audience at a time when the Museum is mandated by the County of Los Angeles to remain closed. As a public artwork, the wings will provide an inspiring message in dark times, remind passersby that they are powerful, and that art and creativity can transform its environment and those in its presence. The wings will shine from 6:30pm-2am nightly.
The Museum of Neon Art welcomes community members to tag the museum on social media and share something that gives them hope in this moment. The Museum looks forward to collecting and sharing these stories with our audience. “Though our doors are closed to the public, we are brightening our windows, and our social media feeds to connect with our community. We hope that the neon wings provide a playful addition to Brand Boulevard, as well as a new way for the public to interact with parts of the MONA collection,” says Corrie Siegel, Executive Director of the Museum of Neon Art.
A new installation of four sculptures by master neon artist Kunio Ohashi have also been added to a narrow window facing the Paseo that passes MONA and will be viewable from 6:30pm- 2am. The works, which are composed of varied organic material as well as luminous tubing include material like wood, branches, fabric, and rock. “Kunio Ohashi’s work meditates upon the natural. The artist juxtaposes materials to enhance and subvert the viewer’s relationship with material; light becomes a tool to obscure and reveal. The work provides me with a similar sense of calm and curiosity that a stroll through the trees provides. I hope that passersby also feel that through our windows,” says Executive Director Corrie Siegel.
Source: Museum of Neon Art (MONA)