“Neon, writing its brazen enticements across the darkness and contributing its simmering hum to the uproar of the street, for me sums up the nocturnal romance of American cities…The technology has something magical and dangerous to it, because gas is another name for chaos. The etymology is the same: gas hints at the turbulence and instability of nature, with contending forces engaged in perpetual combat.”
Peter Conrad, Neon: 100 years of the greatest light show on earth.
Image: Neon signs in Times Square, New York in 1955. Slideshow.