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Neon Survey
Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas

Description of sign(s)

1. Name: Welcome to Fabulous Las Vegas Sign

2. Owner: YESCO

3. Address: Sunset and the Strip

3b. Additional Site Details: The sign sits as a welcome to travelers entering the Las Vegas experience via Las Vegas Blvd. The sign itself resides in the middle of traffic median directl in the middle of the road.

4. Condition: Structure 5 Surface 5 Lighting 5

Notes: See description

5. Form: plyon

6. Specfic Description: The sign itself is a classic roadside pole design which faces North/South. It is double backed, internally lit with a border of yellow incandescent bulbs along the flat edge of its width. Across the top of the sign seven white neon circles house separate red neon letters which form the word welcome. Crowning the sign at the very peak, above the word welcome, is a seven pointed neon star comprised of orange and yellow neon. The cabinet itself is faced with translucent white plastic and treated with blue and red painted text. The South side of the sign reads with the Neon welcome word then in blue painted text "To Fabulous" in a 50's style text reminiscent of that used in the Last Frontier property, and cursive. The Words "Las Vegas" are spelled in all caps, in red block text. And below that in smaller blue text the word "Nevada" are spelled in all caps block text

7. Type of Display: neon, incandescent, backlit

8. Media: steel, plastic

9. Non-neon treatments: graphics, paint

10. Animation: chasing, flashing

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11. Environment: The famous Welcome to Las Vegas sign sits alone at the South end of the strip and is often the very first sign a traveler encounters when entering the strip. It casts a surprisingly powerful glow over the barren median which it stands. It stands as a gateway to the extravaganza that is Las Vegas. When leaving the main drag headed south the sign has an equal effect of being a lone gateway in and out of the Strip.

Artistic Context

1. Manufacturer: YESCO

2. Designer: Betty Willis

3. Date of Installation: 1959

4. Date(s) of any major redesign/move: n/a

5. Thematic Influence: Although it has no specific theme, it is from a specific period in Las Vegas History. It is the quintessential roadside pylon design. With an exposed steel center pole double backed marquee it is reminiscent of the common design of the roadside motor inn.

6. Artistic Significance: This sign has become perhaps the most copied icon of Las Vegas, as it was never copyrighted. It is a ubiqutious symbol of the city.

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