What if you spent every day looking for One Beautiful Thing?



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Todd Sanders

Growing up in Huntsville, Texas, Todd Sanders spent his childhood fascinated by the vintage neon signs he saw every day. Happily, that fascination followed him to adulthood. Sanders creates quirky, retro-looking metal signs, lights them up with neon, and weathers them to make them even cooler than the vintage signs which inspired them (which is saying quite a bit). His shop, Roadhouse Relics in Austin, Texas, serves as studio, workshop, and gallery where he makes and shows his amazing handmade creations. Incredibly, his entire process is computer free. He wanted to remain faithful to the techniques of the original neon signs of the last seventy years.

His design aesthetic is pretty quirky, and a large part of what makes his work so irresistible.

“The art I create is rustic and garish and over-the-top. These objects don’t harmonize nicely with others in their presence; they dominate. Energy courses through them, electrifying their surroundings as well. They’re like that guy at a party who dresses wildly and talks too loudly, but everyone in the room finds him utterly fascinating.” -Artist’s Statement

I want them all. Seriously. All of them. It’s a problem. At the very least, I’ll be making a stop there when I get around to visiting Austin. Can’t wait!

All photos are the property of Todd Sanders.

Author: Donna from MyOBT

I have committed to spending part of every day looking for at least one beautiful thing, and sharing what I find with you lovelies!

17 thoughts on “Neo-Neon:

  1. The fireflies in the Mason jar. Oh, yes. Definitely yes. Oh, Donna….!!!

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  2. These are fantastic! I love and covet the fireflies in the jar and a close runner up is the “This is it” arrow.

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  3. These neon works of art are fun. I need to check out the shop.

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  4. Spent 25 years in Austin (and live not too far away now); been to his studio; recognize many of the places his work is displayed from some of the photos. Love his work. Hope you can see it in person in Austin soon.

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  5. Fantastic I have loved neon since I first watched the film Liquid Sky in the early 80s.

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  6. Imagine the fireflies in a jar as the light next to your front door. Perfect.

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  7. This is my one beautiful thing blog!

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  8. Get thee to Austin!

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