- Posted July 21, 2014 by
This iReport is part of an assignment:
An ode to neon lights
And we'll be burning up like neon lights
While the market for neon lighting in outdoor advertising signage has declined, in recent decades neon lighting has been used consciously in art. Demi Lovato's 2013 song, from which I borrowed the title of my story, is a proof to that.
Without going all geeky on my readers, it suffices to say that neon is an "inert gas" that does not undergo chemical reactions easily. Still Morris Travers, one of the discoverers of neon light, wrote, "the blaze of crimson light from the tube told its own story and was a sight to dwell upon and never forget." Isn't that admirable - to be able to produce beautiful light without burning up itself?
Several museums in the United States are now devoted to neon lighting and art. To me, they bring something even more precious than light - childhood memories.
The images with my report are made in Seattle and in Las Vegas. While the later city is famous for it's nostalgia of neon, not many might notice the beauty of neon lighting at the Seattle waterfront.