Neon signs from mid-century America were once a common sight. Unfortunately, these signs are disappearing at a rapid rate as businesses change hands or are bulldozed altogether.
Because of this, there is a growing neon sign preservation movement. More and more people are starting to realize the importance and unique character of of mid-century signage. The Neon Museum in Las Vegas has become a popular Sin-City attraction, but they are not alone in their efforts to save these rusting relics of the past. The American Sign Museum in Cincinnati and the soon-to-open Museum of Neon Art in Glendale, California are two other well-known examples.
Here in Denver, Save the Signs is a preservation group dedicated to putting an end to the needless destruction of these historic works of art. It launched two years ago to raise awareness of the endangered Googie signage along America’s longest commercial corridor: Colfax Avenue.
Right now, Save the Signs is involved in a crowdfunding campaign centered around the neon sign for one of Denver’s most notorious strip clubs: Sid King’s Crazy Horse Bar. Sid King’s shut down in 1983, but was a popular destination for three decades before it closed. Clint Eastwood even shot a scene there for the movie “Every Which Way but Loose.”
Save the Signs is trying to raise enough money to keep this sign displayed publicly. If the campaign fails, the sign will likely be sold to a private collector and placed in a private residence.
By supporting the campaign, you not only help to keep art publicly accessible but you can claim one of the many perks, including the pieces above.
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