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TanjaTizianas Buzzing Lights captures the glow of neon an art form thats

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first_img Facebook Tanja-Tiziana, in her new coffee table photo book, Buzzing Lights: The Fading Neon Landscape of North America, finds this Yonge Street landmark in a rather less dazzling state. Colossal it still looms in Tiziana’s photo, hardly less the marvel against a gunmetal overcast sky. But it’s burnt-out, shut down, fried and decommissioned — as it was officially, lamentably, in 2008, just one year shy of its half-centenary. Advertisement Advertisement LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Twitter Login/Register With: Advertisement Buzzing Lights: The Fading Neon Landscape of North America Tanja-Tiziana176 pp; $150For nearly 50 years, the great gleaming neon sign that crowned the Sam the Record Man storefront on Yonge Street had a strong claim on being the most distinctive landmark in Toronto.What a sign! 1,500 feet of neon tubing, more than a quarter-mile of the stuff, looped into a pair of huge resplendent circles, like luminous vinyl records, their electric-blue light set to flicker on and off round-the-clock, to simulate the spinning of a turntable. In the centre of those azure LPs, in blazing scarlet: “THAT’S ENTERTAINMENT,” like the Band Wagon song. The sign stood 36 feet high and 49 feet wide. It could be seen twenty blocks away, at all hours – a dazzling beacon, a cultural guiding light.last_img


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