Thursday, August 02, 2012

Beloved neon sign in Mesa ready for installation

PHOENIX (AP) - Efforts to restore a beloved animated, neon sign in Mesa are complete.
But a lack of funds continues to sidetrack the diving lady's return to a motel nearly two years after the sign crashed into a heap of twisted metal during a hailstorm.
Some $25,000 still is needed to reinstall the sign.
Installing the sign will require a large crane and skilled workmen to hoist each of the three animated images into place.
The diving lady once stood as a reminder of a bygone era when neon signs advertised to tourists at motels and restaurants.
Neon artist Larry Graham took on the restoration project as a tribute to his late mentor who built the sign in 1960 to advertise a swimming pool.

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