“I think one of the most important projects were did was reinstating the Rainier "R" on top of the old Brewery,” Dylan Neuwirth from Western neon says, “A neon sign consists of glass that is bent into a design, its filled with neon or argon, if you use neon it glows red and if you use argon and combine it with mercury it glows blue, combine that with tinted glass and you get all the colors of the landscape.”
And now, you can learn to make your own neon signs and sculptures as part of Western Neon's new neon school.
"We teach everyone the basic bends, 90 degree, sweeping curve, and we also encourage them to go crazy and make anything they want. Like squiggles,” says Kelsey Fernkopf. He's been bending glass into neon art for about 30 years and says he's happy to share his knowledge with others.
Western neon says neon classes are open to anyone. From professional artists looking to perfect their craft, to first timers.