San Francisco Neon

historic sign network

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about San Francisco neon


San Francisco Neon advocates for preserving historic neon signs with tours, talks, exhibits, consultations, and events including Neon Speaks is an annual festival and symposium on neon restoration.  The mission of San Francisco Neon and Neon Speaks is to educate and advocate for the artistic legacy of historic neon signs: an enduring archive of design, craft, community , and city history. Our fiscal sponsor is the Tenderloin Museum.

Contact us for neon consultations, talks, tours, prints, events and exhibitions.


Vintage neon signs have evolved from advertising to art, and now they serve as landmarks of the day-to-day human experience within communities. The artisans and advocates who take on these preservation projects deserve and desire public acknowledgment, and the opportunity to share experiences. In April 2018, SF Neon produced a three-day festival and symposium, "Neon Speaks" to bring neon preservationists and advocates together to celebrate and share information on historic neon preservation.


San Francisco Neon is a DBA  of Giant Orange Press.



Al Barna is a San Francisco photographer and artist whose work has been shown in juried exhibitions at the de Young Museum, the Legion of Honor Museum, the Rayko Gallery, and the San Francisco Arts Commission Gallery.


Randall Ann Homan is an art director,  photographer, and an award-winning graphic designer. Her focus is public projects and she has designed books for  the Oakland Public Library, Ten Speed Press, and Harper Collins.



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All photos © 2014 Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan

All content © 2018 Al Barna and Randall Ann Homan