Back Bay, May 2014

neon

sculpture:  neon for back bay station, by stephen antonakos       (sonya kovacic)

sculpture: neon for back bay station, by stephen antonakos (sonya kovacic)

When Boston's six-story-tall Citgo sign was built in 1965, it was installed with over five miles of neon tubing. Since then, it has lit up Kenmore Square throughout most of Boston's recent history — excluding four years in the 1980s when it was nearly disassembled in the name of conservation (citizen support saved the sign, including an article in the Boston Globe referring to it as Boston's "crown jewel" and "an accidental masterpiece"). The sign was converted from neon to LED illumination in 2005, with another LED upgrade in 2011.


What is summer in Camberville without an outdoor neon dance party?