M+, Hong Kong’s museum for visual culture, presents a video on the making of neon signs. Visit NEONSIGNS.HK for more. 由西九文化區M+博物館呈獻有關霓虹製作過程的短片，即到NEONSIGNS.HK 了解更多。
Get to know how neon signs are made as the masters go through the production processes from design, tube bending, gas filling and more.
Through this video you will also discover more about the current situation and challenges of the industry in Hong Kong behind the glowing neon signs.
Neon in Visual Culture by Lawrence Pun
‘“Let there be light”, God said, and there was light.’ Humankind, however, learned to burn kerosene to light up the urban outdoors only relatively recently. It was not until the early nineteenth century that kerosene lamps gradually appeared in streets and arcades and on bridges in cities in the West. The dawning of “urban colourogy” would take yet another century. In 1898, scientists discovered neon, a colourless and odourless gas that, when injected into electrified vacuum tubes, emits red light. The term ‘neon light’ was then vividly rendered into Chinese, partly as a loanword, as ‘rainbow-hued light’. With intense colour beaming even under the worst of weather conditions, neon lights soon found widespread use throughout the city, as air and sea navigation beacons and as logos in the commercial arena. Neon signs first lit up hair salons and opera houses in Paris in the 1910s. After arriving on the scene in Los Angeles in the 1920s, the neon sign soon spread throughout the United States, giving birth to the spectacular neon-scapes in New York’s Times Square and The Strip in Las Vegas in the 1930s and ’40s. This was also when the neon-light trend came east, with modernising metropolises Shanghai and Tokyo being the early adopters, and Hong Kong following suit by the 1950s. The marriage of Western technology and square-block Chinese logograms began to adorn our city’s night sky in rainbow colours. No doubt the history of technological development deserves a whole separate essay; mine will dwell on the cultural imagery of the neon sign in artistic texts and urban landscapes.”
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