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Museum of Neon Art Board Member Eric Lynxwiler and Garine Gabrielian of Shimoda Design Group gave de LaB guests a private tour of their new permanent space in Glendale.  The new museum space, while modest, is a blank canvas to house MONA’s 300+ restored vintage neon signs.  The museum will also feature contemporary neon art.  A neon lab space will also eventually provide the tube-curious a place to go to learn about the art of neon and to get a chance to bend a bit themselves.  Now that the museum is back up and running, MONA is bringing back their signature neon cruises. Catch one during the upcoming LA Design Festival in June.

Since 1981, the Museum of Neon art has been shining a (neon) spotlight on a piece of American design history: vintage neon art.  Rising to fame with its much-loved neon cruises, the Museum has been nomadic for the last ten years, going from South Park to the Old Bank District, before closing down in 2011 while it prepared to move to a permanent site in Glendale.

Since then, museum officials and city officials have battled to get the museum built in an old building on Brand that once housed an arcade.  Eventually, the project moved forward and the Museum officially opened its doors in February 2016. Now that the City of Glendale has completed the $5.2-million project, it’s time for the non-profit and the museum to take over and construct the $1.5-million interior.  More info in the news here via the LA Times and Curbed LA.

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Photo by @neonmona, David Otis Johnson, 2005