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The Virginia Court Motel Diver

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Exhibition history:

  • 2010 on route 66 exhibition on Santa Monica Boulevard
  • 2015 647 N San Vicente Blvd, West Hollywood Park
  • 2016 8400 block of Santa Monica Boulevard
  • 2020 West Hollywood Aquatic and Recreation Center

The Virginia Court Motel Diver sign was built in 1950 when a pool was installed at the motel in Meridian, Mississippi. In 2000 the motel was demolished and the sign was saved by Mike Gambone who had it restored in Buffalo, NY. In 2008 he loaned it to the Museum of Neon Art for display at their temporary location in Downtown Los Angeles. This Diver is a reproduction of the original and was included in the City’s on route 66 lights exhibition on Santa Monica Boulevard in 2010, which was collaboration with the Museum of Neon Art. The neon sign is now a part of the City’s Urban Art collection and is temporarily on exhibition in front of the West Hollywood Park Pool.  The Diver will move to its permanent location at the new Aquatic and Recreation Center once it is constructed in West Hollywood Park in 2020.


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