Tripping The Light Fantastic

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Neon has nocturnally splashed the American Dream across the USA since it arrived in Los Angeles in the 1920s.

It's had its grand premieres and x-rated moments, but is this blazing light that graces the exteriors of buildings a piece of kitsch or a flash of inspiration from a bygone age? Ian Peacock journeys from LA to New York meeting the sign writers who draw with light.

He traces neon's extraordinary history which culminates in the animated "spectaculars" of Times Square and as a surprising tool for urban renewal.