The Chinese Palace nightclub was once located on Nathan Road in the Jordan district.
Courtesy Frank Costantini and Kirk Kirkpatrick, Hong Kong Sign Book, South China Morning Post Limited.
It’s hard not to think of Hong Kong without visualizing its dazzling display of neon signs that have inspired the futuristic cityscapes of classic science-fiction films such as Blade Runner and Ghost in the Shell. With their gradual filtering out, as they are either being replaced with LED screens or removed altogether due to new city regulations regarding light pollution, M+ (Hong Kong’s future museum for visual culture in the West Kowloon Cultural District) has launched NEONSIGNS.HK, an interactive online exhibition that documents, discusses and explores the culture behind the city’s neon signs, the aim of which is to both record and preserve this key feature of the city’s urban landscape.
Visitors to the NEONSIGNS.HK website can explore its diverse content related to various aspects of the neon-light culture through an array of video documentaries, essays and of course the interactive Neon Map, a tool that allows anyone to add pictures of his or her favourite Hong Kong neon signs. Developed by pill & pillow, who collaborated with gardens&co for its graphic design, the beautifully executed website’s content also features dozens of the signs that have been pinned on its map, including the famous Bank of China Tower, a true Hong Kong landmark, which is particularly impressive. In addition to the above, Aric Chen and Tobias Berger, the project’s curators, have also added offline activities, such as bus tours, workshops and talks.
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NEONSIGNS.HK: An Online Exhibition Dedicated to Hong Kong’s Iconic Neon Signs