The Vintage Glow of West Hollywood

MONA and WeHo spotlight Route 66 signage.

On Route-66 Signs

When you think of West Hollywood and great signage, it can be hard to land on one favorite. We're fond of the spinning dog outside the Collar & Leash, but one drive down Santa Monica Boulevard or Sunset and you can feel overwhelmed with glowy goodness.

The City of West Hollywood and the Museum of Neon Art are celebrating that special glow with a you-go-to-the-art exhibit called "On Route-66 Lights." The opening reception is on Thursday, Aug. 5 at Sal Guarriello Veterans' Memorial, but if you can't make that you should certainly stop by city hall to pick up a map to the signs.

A map will come in very handy, seeing as how there are over 50 signs to see. This stretch, after all, was part of the fabled Route 66 (hence the exhibit's name).

Besides being the rare exhibit where the art stays put and the people go to it -- which is always preferable, if possible, but it usually isn't -- it provides a living slideshow of West Hollywood's civic past (and a few new signs as well, to keep the mix interesting). Not every city is as kind to its neon-lit roots.

"On Route-66 Lights" is in fact part of the West Hollywood quarter-century celebrations. Bet those lights, or most of them, will still be around at the 50-year mark.

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