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Neon Survey
Psychic Sessions

Description of sign(s)

1. Name: Psychic Sessions

2. Owner: {owner}

3. Address: 3941 S. Las Vegas Blvd.

3b. Additional Site Details: The theme present in the polo towers revolves around its name, and references to the sport of polo. But the only exterior images that reference the theme are the logos themselves. The sign itself is more akin to roadside pylon signs, utilizing a number of different sign techniques functions to create an interesting mix of design. The color scheme does seem to reference the time of its inception, that being the eighties. The eighties is recognized with the usage of teal, pink and gold. The brass cabinet enclosed in plexi-glass, references the typical Vegas adornment.

4. Condition: Structure 4 Surface 3 Lighting 4

Notes: See description

5. Form: fasica

6. Specfic Description: Two pole style pylons, reside on the north end of the property. On the rear of the property on the corner of Mandalay Bay and Gilles Street, is a simple design. A single white, steel pole, supports three, two- sided cabinets stacked on top of each other to create the shape. A small white, horizontal, rectangular, cabinet, has a white face with "Office" painted in red text, and a red arrow pointing to the west. It sits slightly off center the center pole. A tall, thin, vertical, rectangular cabinet, is painted orange, and has the world "Motel," spelled in all capital, white neon letters. Centered on top of this cabinet, another internally lit cabinet, white cabinet, crowns the sign. The cabinet has a green face with white text spelling "Happi Inn" in all capital letters. The main pole sign for the property is similar to the previous piece, but a bit more elaborate. As the white pole rises up from the ground it is met with a pair of black, cabinets, sandwiching the north and south sides of the pole. The sign itself faces north south. The cabinets are white faced with text painted upon the surface. Above the two cabinets, a double-backed cabinet is crafted into an "L" shape, facing north, and facing south it would be a "J" shape. Either way it is a horizontal cabinet, which makes a horizontal turn to the east. The foot of the character curves down to a point, while the vertical section, runs up the west side of the white pole, which continues upward. The vertical surface contains the text "Motel" written horizontally downward in all capital, white, painted text. The graphic text is shadowed over with neon tubing. The horizontal section has the words "vacancy" written in white all capital text, with red neon lying over the surface. The top of the sign is crowned with a double backed, six sided, geometric cabinet. The surface is green written in capital, white text, with the word "Happi" written in an arched pattern, with "Inn" written horizontally below that. Over the entrance to the driveway, stretching into the east-end of the lot, is a small, internally lit cabinet, with rounded ends. The face of sign is green plastic with "Happi Inn" written in all capitals, in a two lined text. White, scroll-type designs, flank, both sides of the text. Just past the Psychic Sessions, palmistry establishment, actually standing on the corner of the building, a vertical pole sign, rises in the sky. I single red pole shoots upward a short distance, with five double-backed square cabinets being speared through the center. Each cabinet, also red, contains 1 letter from the word "Motel, in all capitals." The letters are overlaid with neon as well/ Pointing down toward the property, an angled arrow, crafted in the same fashion and material as the cabinet, is positioned just below the east side of the cabinet containing the letter "E."

7. Type of Display: neon, incandescent, backlit

8. Media: steel, plastic

9. Non-neon treatments: graphics, paint

10. Animation: none

Notes: n/a

11. Environment: Psychic Sessions has the unique position of being located in the same lot as the Happi Inn. In fact its structure is attached to the Happi Inn, on the south side of the Happi Inn's main office. This facility adds a unique position to the already mysterious air of the southern Strip, especially at night. The red illumination of the neon is a perfect tone for the already mysterious business, which the signs advertise for. The side of the lot, which it occupies, is considerably less lit as a whole, making the mood a rather eerie if not "Twilight Zone-esque" Such establishments are not seen in the modern day Strip environment.

Artistic Context

1. Manufacturer: unkn

2. Designer: unkn

3. Date of Installation: unkn

4. Date(s) of any major redesign/move: n/a

5. Thematic Influence: The signage for the Psychic Sessions facility leans toward your typical store front signage when you want to talk about a raw aesthetic criteria, but there is a theme present, limited as it may be. The theme as you might imagine is directly associated with the services provided inside. Neon tubing is fashioned into a big silhouette of a hand referencing the palmistry business, while the graphics of the mysterious eyes on the internally lit cabinet literally scream out mystery.

6. Artistic Significance: n/a

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