kitsch

Bright lights, big city

A few weeks ago, Tim and I went to Las Vegas to meet up with Becky and Andrew. We had a good trip… a variety of planned and unplanned activities, including the Mob Museum, Cirque du Soleil’s Mystere, a trip to a ramen restaurant, dinner in the Airstream, and loads of people-watching.

My favorite part of this trip, however, was easily the Neon Museum. It’s an hour-long guided tour that offers a unique perspective on Vegas history.

The Neon Museum sign incorporates elements of famous Vegas signs - a nice nod to history.

The Neon Museum sign incorporates elements of famous Vegas signs – a nice nod to history.

The whole space has tons of great visual appeal. Even the unrestored signs have wonderful color and architectural components. Here are a few of my favorites:

Loved the oranges and blues in this grouping.

Loved the oranges and blues in this grouping.

Signs weren't limited to the casinos... this one advertised a long-time Vegas eatery with only two items on the menu. You guessed it- steak and chicken.

Signs weren’t limited to the casinos… this one advertised a long-time Vegas eatery with only two meals on the menu. You guessed it: steak and chicken.

Binion's Horseshoe Casino

Binion’s Horseshoe Casino.

Giant cocktail glass, anyone?

Giant cocktail glass, anyone?

Star detail.

Star detail.

The Sahara sign.

The Sahara sign.

Cool font.

Cool font.

Color and contrast.. sharp shadows.

Color and contrast.. sharp shadows.

Next time I get to Vegas, I’m hoping to hit up another kitschy attraction: the Burlesque Hall of Fame. I haven’t made it there yet, despite my best efforts. I’ll try again in January!

 

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