The social rhythm of a city is felt most strongly on its sidewalks and streets. For decades in Vancouver, city life bustled beneath a colourful canopy of neon signs.
The streets glowed with neon for years, but the signs gradually disappeared as a result of changing public attitudes toward the bright lights. Today, neon is returning to the streets, a nod to our history as we map out our future.
The Visible City is a virtual exhibition and mobile tour that tracks the rise, fall, and revival of neon in Vancouver, shining a light on people whose lives played out under the neon signs. Their stories create a textured social history of Vancouver, illuminated by neon.