[URBAN NOTE] “Should Toronto get a neon sign museum? All the signs are there”
In another article, the Toronto Star‘s Laura Beeston suggests that a Toronto museum of local neon signs is a viable idea. My attention is piqued, at least.
Mark Garner has a neon dream.
The executive director of the Downtown/Yonge BIA believes the time is now for Toronto to immortalize iconic businesses of days gone by. So he’s collecting, restoring and replicating signs from classic city storefronts for a potential open-air museum.
But he needs help to turn the dream into a reality.
“Where are all the signs?” Garner asks aloud. “Why isn’t the cultural contribution that this signage made on anybody’s radar?”
He has spent the last five years tracking them down and slowly generating interest in his project. Yonge St., Garner explains, was once “a rite of passage” and hot spot for neon lights.
Today, he thinks there’s a return of interest with the forthcoming Sam The Record Man reinstall at Ryerson University and the Honest Ed’s marquee finding a new home on Victoria St.
“Signage is en vogue right now.”