March is the month of Neon on Danni Saw This. Each week I’ll be celebrating the comeback of neon light with posts dedicated to this not so lost art, and I’ll also be featuring my first artist of the month; Neon Workshops.
But first, a little history… In 1898 neon was discovered by two British chemists, Sir William Ramsay and Morris W. Travers and by 1911 Frenchman Georges Claudes was producing the first commercial neon signs. But it wasn’t until the 1960’s when neon was truly experimented with to create wonderful pieces of art.
Today the art, skill and love of neon light has been gaining momentum and is now shining as bright as ever, and it’s caught my attention in a huge way. Where ever I go I find a sign or sculpture made from neon or ‘cold cathode’ lighting that tells me neon is here to stay.
It doesn’t seem right to categorise neon under ‘quirks’ as it’s much more than that. It’s definitely the more unusual medium to work with, but if you look closely neon is everywhere and I hope in the next coming weeks I can show you how wonderful it is, and to prove to you it’s not just an old 1980s barbershop sign.