Six words in the title only, and I’m also linking to Cees Photo challenge this week – Signs.
During my recent visit to Warsaw, Vivi and I visited a quirky little museum in the middle of nowhere (it seemed) in the city. It was the brainchild of a British/Polish photographer, Ilona Karwinska, who visited Warsaw in 2005, saw some of the old signs and began a photographic project to document them which culminated in a best selling book.. She and her partner, the London based graphic designer David Hill, set about saving many of the signs from destruction and eventually they set up the neon museum.
The museum is housed in an old warehouse in a complex in the southern part of the Praga district, and there were a few aged, unrestored dilapidated old signs outside. Initially, it looked a rather uninviting place, but was well worth the visit! Inside was a most informative wall explaining the history of neon in Poland and elsewhere, and a lot of old dilapidated signs in amongst restored signs.
First, a slideshow of dilapidation:
And here are some vibrant, restored signs, which are true works of graphic art:
See other people’s take on signs here.