The 06/24/13 Joy Jar

24 Jun


Walking gives one a different perspective than riding in a car or on a bus. Walking through urban neighborhoods is particularly a fest for the eyes and the senses. One things than many urban neighborhood have is plenty of neon signs and lights. Some garish, some tasteful, but designed to make one look. Today’s deposit into the ‘Joy Jar’ are urban neon signs.








There are two kinds of light – the glow that illumines, and the glare that obscures. 


James Thurber














Light gives of itself freely, filling all available space.  It does not seek anything in return; it asks not whether you are friend or foe.  It gives of itself and is not thereby diminished. 


Michael Strassfeld

















In the right light, at the right time, everything is extraordinary. 


Aaron Rose















Light can be gentle, dangerous, dreamlike, bare, living, dead, misty, clear, hot, dark, violet, springlike, falling, straight, sensual, limited, poisonous, calm and soft. 


Sven Nykvist

















In their simplicity and directness [neon signage is] a kind of urban iconography with which we can identify on many levels. — Rudi Stern”
Philip Di Lemme,
American Streamline: A Handbook Of Neon Advertising Design
















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