You will likely spot many iconic neon signs throughout your stay in Hong Kong. Today, these signs are quickly becoming a form of art. Here’s more information!
If you watch a movie shot in Hong Kong, you’re likely going to see a lot of neon signs! Even during your stay in a Hong Kong boutique hotel, the likes of, Cosmo Hotel Wan Chai Hong Kong, these neon signs will become a part of your nightly routine in the city state. Today, these signs are a rather iconic representation of Hong Kong and all that is stands for.
A little history
The famous neon signs were introduced first in 1920s, during the city’s economization. These neon signs were used by hotels, restaurants, nightclubs and even pawn shops to indicate they were open for business! Each of these signs were made individually.
Turning into art
Karen Chan, a designer an artist has been studying these neon signs for a long time, since 2019. She studies the art of neon signs with the hopes of keeping this art alive in Hong Kong for longer. In fact, in Hong Kong, the neon light industry is largely male dominated, which means she is the only female practitioner and neon designer.
Sadly, the neon signs have become unlikely victims of modernization in Hong Kong. With old buildings being replaced with skyscrapers, most of these neon signs have started ending up in landfills. Another reason as to why these neon signs are becoming less popular is because it is a lot of hard work to create one of these signs, which requires years of practice and is soon becoming a lost art.