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Preservation School – Neon Lightning Then and Now

Jun 4, 2024

Tuesday, June 4, 2024
6:00 – 7:00 p.m.
Via Zoom

In this Preservation School class led by Let There Be Neon’s (LTBN) Jeff Friedman, participants will get a first-hand account of working with neon lighting. He will talk about how LTBN got started and what led him to the profession of artistic lighting. Jeff will provide a history of neon lighting, how it became popular, and how it’s made. In addition, he will explain the differences between new neon and historic neon and LED vs. neon.

Jeff will give examples of historic and new commissions LTBN has created through the years including their Studio 54 installation, early portable neon, and partnerships with artists, Soul Cycle and Sweetgreen. He will also explain the restoration process of historic neon including neon signs in Cuba, the neon sign for the famed UWS bar Dublin House, and much more. He will discuss how they determine if a piece can be restored, sent to a museum, or if it’s irreparable, and his personal wish list of historical NYC signs not yet restored.


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