As The Hand and The Eye puts it, it's probably easier to point out which neon signs in Tribeca were not made by Let There Be Neon that which ones were, their reach is so extensive. Their little shop is has created New York City's most famous neon signage including even Nucky Thompson's Old Rumpus Bar from Boardwalk Empire. And making neon signs is no easy trick...
Oh... we know you can imagine the possibilities. Giving a hunk of hardwood that classic "branded" Western look. Creating an original poster or piece of wall art with a natural woodgrain background. A sidewalk sign or marquee for a local store or event.
There are plenty of reasons you'd want to make a wooden sign with a burnt design. Here's how to do it:
ManMade reader Donal McKernan is an expert in graphic design and dimensional sign-making at Danthonia Designs, a hand-crafted sign shop in Inverell, Australia.
Danthonia recently released a series of how-to videos, detailing the process to making a one-of-a-kind hand-carved wooden sign.
Tennessee-whiskey juggernaut Jack Daniels (their Old No. 7 is the best selling whiskey in the world) is creating a new annual tradition where they team up with independent artists and craftsmen to create poster artwork and an ad campaign around the theme of "independence."
They collaborated with Derek McDonald,
Artist and writer Austin Kleon has a new project in which he adapts his visual poetry to a new format: road and street signs. He dubs them De-signs (get it), and defines them as:
de-Signs = iPhone photos of signs with some of the words erased.
Simple enough. And amazing.
Signs, generally, are intended to help people, provide information, or make special requests. While most of us go through the streets noticing them, yielding to their advice when necessary, a few enterprising individuals, armed with art supplies, see a different take...another option, if you will.
This morning, we're totally inspired by "Your Message Here," an ever-changing mobile art project that brings beauty to the words of the masses.
Created by Shauna and Stephen of my new favorite blog, "Something's Hiding in Here," "Your Message Here" is a wooden marquee sign that moves from store window to sidewalk to the middle of nowhere, and includes a new, simple saying wherever it lands. The work was "inspired by industrial letter signs, multi colored text, and everyday sayings," and it nails each of those on every account.
And the best part? The pair has included step-by-step photos of their building the whole thing from scratch, including creating the basic frame from wood, installing the lights, and adding the vinyl (?) letters to the wooden blanks.
So...I'm pretty sure this is illegal in every state, but art is supposed to be edgy, and playing with imagery as recognizable as the most common of street signs is pretty effective. As the mind behind StopSignArt says "Because I have a digital camera and bandwidth, and Seattle has a lot of stop signs."
And whether you agree with the act or not, you can't help but be amused and challenged by this collection of stop sign additions assembled by DamnCoolPics.