Ignite: Preserving Arizona’s Neon Heritage

Presenter:  Jude Cook, Ignite Sign Art Museum

Vintage neon signs are an important roadside feature dating from the heyday of Arizona’s automobile culture. Threatened by deterioration, ignorance and incompatible local sign ordinances, many disappear without a trace. This session will outline the process of preserving these signs, from acquisition to transportation to rehabilitation. Attendees will learn how to track the history of an individual sign and hear about preservation options, including adaptive reuse on-site and display in indoor or outdoor museums.