“Not only is neon magical, it’s life span is measured in generations. Each time you turn it on and off you gain a little bit of life span. So you can walk around the city today and see neon signs that were produced 50-80 years ago still lit. So there is an element of responsibility in creating in neon, because unless you break it, it’s around for a very long time.” – David Ablon –
David Ablon is the president of Tecnolux (the American arm of the largest manufacturer of neon products worldwide) and the owner of Precision Neon (they light top-notch establishments and restaurants like Balthazar in NYC). David’s newest focus and most inspiring undertaking is – Brooklyn Glass, a year-old glass blowing and neon workshop space in Park Slope, Brooklyn. Brooklyn Glass is an artist owned and operated organization dedicated to furthering creativity in glass – with a focus on providing a high caliber studio environment in which students, aspiring artists, and professionals can come together and explore ideas.
David has a history with neon, his adventures with neon started in college working with Rudy Stern (the guy who brought neon to the forefront in the 70′s and taught David about neon as an art form). In a new video recently released in the Tumblr series Storyboards – we meet David Ablon aka “the neon maestro.” Watch and learn about David and some of the many wonders (new facts) you never knew before about neon lighting!
In case you want to know more about neon lighting - David offers really pricey (but through word of mouth we have heard), well-worth-the-price online courses teaching about neon lights, the magic of neon and lessons around glassblowing.