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Museum of Neon Art
Neon Enhancement of the Historic KRKD Tower on the Broadway Arcade Building 
2003


Project Area:  CT-Historic Core
Project:  LUMENS Project - KRKD Tower
Project Location:  542 S. Broadway
Project Type:  CRA/LA Initiated

Description:

The KRKD radio towers were erected on top of the Arcade Building in 1932.  KRKD radio once aired nightly broadcasts from the International Church of Foursquare Gospel run by Aimee Semple McPherson. 

As part of the LUMENS Project the radio tower located atop the Broadway Arcade Building was selected for neon enhancement.  Neon outlines were added to the Broadway-facing KRKD Tower.  This project was overseen by the Museum of Neon Art.

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The LUMENS Project (Living Urban Museum of Electric and Neon Signs) was created in partnership with the Los Angeles Department of Cultural Affairs in an effort to rescue and restore neon signs within Los Angeles County.  More than 130 neon signs dating from the 1920s to the 1940s were restored thanks to the help of LUMENS.

The Museum of Neon Art (MONA) was founded to exhibit fine art in electric and kinetic media; to document, preserve, restore, and collect outstanding examples of neon signs; and to educate the public about the cultural, historical, aesthetic, and technical aspects of electric art.  MONA acts as a forum and catalyst for persons interested in exploring, enjoying, and producing artwork that uses light and/or motion as its expressive language.  Since 1985, the museum has hosted the MONA Neon Cruise, a nighttime bus tour of neon signs, movie marquees, and permanent installations of contemporary neon art in Downtown Los Angeles and Hollywood.  The Museum of Neon Art is currently seeking a permanent home and has loaned some of its collection for traveling exhibits.