Neon signs in Hong Kong

What a great idea - a map record of all the neon signs in Hong Kong.

A neon sign starts and ends with a line - or more specifically, a gas-filled tube of glass, heated and bent by a skilled craftsman, and set aglow by an electrical charge. Once illuminated, the line transforms: It mimics and abstracts, glows and flickers, and implores and distracts. Its symbols, signs and texts articulate a live-wired language of the modern city.

There's a poignancy to this site that I hadn't appreciated - that neon signs are quite possibly a dying art, replaced by energy efficient, effortlessly updateable LED screens. The bright flickering lights that guided, dazzled or confused the city-dweller may soon be a thing of the past...

While neon signs offered a seductive visual vocabulary for the 20th century, in the 21st, they and the skills that produced them are being supplanted by LED and other, newer technologies. It might seem ironic that this project, dedicated to neon signs, resides on one of the mediums that’s replacing them: a digital screen. However, as a craft born of industry, there has always been something inherently anachronistic about neon, and perhaps it’s fitting that it’s as an anachronism that neon signs might live on.
Diamond Restaurant

Diamond Restaurant

Hung Fat Pawn Shop

Hung Fat Pawn Shop

Tai Kam Lung Mahjong

Tai Kam Lung Mahjong

Piggybank

Piggybank