At Ignite Sign Art Museum,
"There's No Other Light Like Neon."
Steve bends neon and installs it on the 1960s Mr. Quick Hamburgers sign.
Jude and Gem working on restoring the Iron Mask Sign.
The Neon Bending Class in December created these lightning bolts.
5 th Anniversary Gala
Lots of progress has been made on Argon Alley. New store fronts for Baskin Robbins, Clues Mystery Bookstore and Liquors.
2023 recipient of the Daughter's of the American Revolution Historic Preservation Award
Ignite offers several neon classes.
Playing with Fire I is an all day class where students learn simple bends and leave with a lighted abstract neon sculpture they created.
The Neon Project Class is a two hour class where students select a salvaged piece of neon glass and learn the skills necessary to assemble and light up their own neon sculpture.
Here's our entry in the Tucson Parade of Lights on December 17th. Video courtesy of Ignite's docent, Chuck Penson.
The Tucson Inn Lights Up
Ignite's docent and neon bender, Chuck Penson, photographs the Tucson Inn lighting up for the first time after many years of going dark. As Chuck photographs, so does the Arizona Daily Star. Chuck's hands make the front page news story.
Thanks to all that made this lighting possible, Pima College, Tucson Historical Society, Cook & Company Signmakers and Fluoresco Services.
The first section of the Grill sign goes up on Argon Alley.
The Club Esquire sign was donated to Ignite recently. This is a part of downtown Tucson's history that no one knew still existed. This is a particularly exciting find. Club Esquire existed from the 1950s until the 1980s when it closed. The owner tried to move it, but with no success. It's been stored in a back yard for over 30 years. The sign will be restored.
Showing progress on Argon Alley thanks to our awesome volunteers.
Most recent addition to the collection is this Bedroxx Bowling Alley sign.
Chuck demonstrates our new interactive
Ignite-O-Lite Mach 3 display. This hands on
display was crafted with 24 Neon Units,
24 Buttons, and 24 organ chords. Many
creative minds and hands (Chuck, Jude,
Steve, Andy, Alex and Jim) created this
unique light sculpture for all ages to enjoy!
Tiki Motel sign came down at 2649 E. Oracle and needed a home. It will stay at Ignite until further notice.
April to November 2021
Argon Alley (ongoing)
El Sahuaro Motel Sign
How the sign looked when it came in March 2021.
El Sahuaro Sign
The El Sahuaro Motel had to be removed from its location at 303 W. Flores. The sign was sanded to find the original colors. The neon for El Sahuaro was tested and found to be green. As of now, we are not able to find original artwork for the cactus. We continue to search for old photographs.
How it looks now, November 2021.
This awesome group of people signed up for our two day restoration class to restore the Grant Stone Shopping Center sign. They removed neon, letter housings, stripped the sign can and began repainting. Stay tuned for an update on the sign progress and the evening lighting ceremony.