NEON DIVER

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  • Virginia Court Motel
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A re-creation of the Diver sign from the Virginia Court Motel was made for MONA’s rooftop. The original is in a private collection in Los Angeles. Original sign circa 1950s, re-created sign 2014 by Federal-Heath Sign Co. (5’ x 18’ x 1’)

  • 1948 – Virginia Court Motel built in Meridian, Mississippi along Route 80/Dixie Overland Highway, the first transcontinental all-weather highway, which stretched from Savannah to San Diego. Owner Ike J. Davis names the motel after a daughter.
  • 1950 – Pool installed at the Virginia Court Motel. Neon sign built with illuminated diver and installed by the Gaddis Sign Company, a local sign builder.
  • 2000 – Virginia Court Motel demolished. The sign’s diver purchased by Mike Gambone and transported to Lynchburg, Virginia.
  • 2002 – Diver shipped to Mark Jamison “The Neon Man” in Roanoke, Virginia for repair and display.
  • 2005 – Diver retrieved from Black Dog Salvage Co. upon Jamison’s death.
  • 2006 – Diver shipped to the Flexlume Sign Company in Buffalo, New York for full rewiring and restoration
  • 2008 – Diver loaned and shipped to the Museum of Neon