Collecting Neon Signs from Hong Kong’s Streets
For the past several years, the government has been flagging Hong Kong’s neon signs for removal due to safety concerns over their condition and size. Since 2013, M+ has been collecting some of these neon signs. Five of them are now in the M+ Collections, alongside a large archive of neon sign design drawings and photo documentation.
The acquisition of these condemned neon signs is in recognition of the important role they have played in the visual culture of Hong Kong: More than just advertisements, they are objects of craftsmanship, graphic design, illustration, and architecture. Reproduced in movies, photographs, artworks, and video games, they are one of the most recognisable identifiers of the city of Hong Kong.