Sunday, November 18, 2012

diving on Santa Monica


I've wanted to take a photo of this neon diver on Santa Monica boulevard for a long time - but the traffic doesn't usually oblige by stopping in quite the right place.  Today, however, not only did the lights oblige, but for whatever reason she was only, and strikingly, half-lit, plunging out from the tiny fairy lights that wind their way up the tree trunks.

She's one of a set of four neon lights that went up on Santa Monica in August 2010 - part of West Hollywood's celebration of having been a city for 25 years, which they decided to celebrate by revering Route 66.  It turns out that she's the only one that isn't an original - she's a replica of a sign that used to grace the Virginia Court Motel in Meridian, Mississippi.


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