On a recent trip to Las Vegas, I finally found the time to visit the amazing Neon Museum and am so glad I did! Nicknamed the Neon Boneyard, the museum boasts a collection of over 200 signs from the 20th century. We made the choice to visit during the day, because I was very interested in seeing the colors and details of these signs up close and personal. I could not believe how beautiful the palette was. Richly saturated jewel tones next to perfectly patina-ed pastels - so gorgeous! I was in rainbow neon heaven. Sensory overload was in full effect (in the most Vegas fashion), with signs piled next to each other and towering above the path, but I loved every minute of it. The topsy-turvy assembly of various shapes, colors and textures was delightful. The icing on the cake was meeting the Boneyard’s resident feline, who was napping below a giant stiletto ;)
On our drive back to Los Angeles, we stopped by Ugo Rondinone’s spectacular, site-specific installation, Seven Magic Mountains. It was breathtaking. Rondinone’s neon technicolor totems against the backdrop of the Nevada desert was surreal to say the least. I had seen his sculptures before, but something about the bright and jarring colors set against the earthy landscape made them seem alien in form, like they arrived from some far-away kaleidoscopic planet to dazzle us earthlings with their weird beauty.
Stay tuned to see my Spring 2018 collection, which has no doubt been influenced by this enchanting trip to the desert! (There's a little sneak peek below!!)