Historic Las Vegas Neon Signs Are Shining Again
Las Vegas, Nevada is a city famous for its exciting nightlife.
One of the main streets is called The Las Vegas Strip. It has many large hotels and casinos, places where people can watch shows when they are not playing games of chance. Nearly all the buildings have bright, neon signs.
Now, a new museum will give visitors a chance to see famous neon signs from the earliest days of Las Vegas.
Forty signs from some of the city's most famous casino-hotels and other businesses are shining once again at the Neon Museum. But their lights are not truly on.
Over the years, the signs have been worn down by the weather, hot sunshine and desert winds. But a process called projection mapping has been used to bring the signs back to life. Projection mapping creates life-like digital animations of the signs onto the metal.
Rob McCoy is the president of the Neon Museum. He told the Associated Press "We are combining art, history and technology in this space. This is Las Vegas as it was. It is very emotional. Even people who don't live here, but live around the United States or around the world, they all have in their heads a romantic image of Las Vegas, and it's usually that vintage, neon Las Vegas."
The new museum has the signs of the Golden Nugget, Lady Luck, and Binion's Horseshoe.
The museum presents a special 30-minute long show after sunset. Visitors are permitted to walk freely and get close to the signs.
Songs like Elvis Presley's "Night Life," ″Mr. Sandman" by The Chordettes and Ella Fitzgerald's "I'm Beginning to See The Light" play as each sign lights up.
In the United States, neon signs were first used at the 1893 World Fair in Chicago. But no city used the bright tube lights like Las Vegas. Many of the old signs are kept at the museum, but not all of them work.
Visitors can only imagine what the signs looked like 30 or more years ago. Repairing the signs can cost tens of thousands of dollars each. Projection mapping is a less costly process to show what they once looked like lighted up.
Craig Winslow is the digital artist and designer who helped create the museum's neon sign exhibit. He used old photographs, video and other information to digitally recreate each sign. He then used a scanning process to set the exact placement of eight projectors to align everything with the light bulbs, rusted metal and tubes of the signs.
"There are moments here where there's no bulb, but I've created a digital bulb that is in its place," Winslow said. "From far away it just looks like the sign is lit. You get up closer, and you realize all these are broken or there are missing bulbs or hanging bulbs."
Historical video of the city will be projected onto the signs as well. Some of the video shows the famous performer Liberace playing the piano and gamblers playing table games.
I'm Jonathan Evans.
1.worn down 磨损
I have worn down the point of the pencil.
2.lighted up 点亮
Room is brilliantly lighted up and full of guests.
3.as well 也；和...一样
The couple might as well have been strangers.
4.get up 起床；建立
They have to get up early in the morning.
5.But a process called projection mapping has been used to bring the signs back to life.
bring back to life 使...恢复
I need a doctor to bring me back to life.
We are trying to bring them back to life.
6.The museum presents a special 30-minute long show after sunset. Visitors are permitted to walk freely and get close to the signs.
get close to 接近；靠近
Children craned to get close to him.
They tell me not to get close to a stranger.
其中一条主街名为“拉斯维加斯大道” 。大型酒店和赌场鳞次栉比，人们在这里观看演出或者赌一场牌局 。几乎所有建筑都闪烁着霓虹灯 。
该霓虹灯博物馆将让这座城市最知名赌场酒店和其他商铺的40盏标志灯再次闪耀 。只不过这些灯并非真正点亮 。
多年来，这些标志灯牌因天气、烈日和沙漠吹来的风而日渐陈旧 。但是投影映射技术让这些标志灯牌焕然一新 。投影映射将标志灯牌映射到金属上，形成了栩栩如生的数字动画 。
罗伯·麦考伊（Rob McCoy）是霓虹灯博物馆馆长 。他对美联社表示:“我们将艺术、历史和技术巧妙融合 。这才是拉斯维加斯该有的盛景 。这让人内心澎湃 。即使是那些生活在美国或世界各地的人，他们脑海中都对拉斯维加斯产生一种浪漫的情怀，而这通常是拉斯维加斯的老式霓虹灯 。”
博物馆将在傍晚举行一场30分钟的特别节目 。游客可自由地与各种标志灯牌近距离接触 。
灯光骤亮，歌声四起，其中包括猫王的《夜生活》、The Chordettes的《Mr. Sandman》和艾拉·菲茨杰拉德的《我开始看到灯光》 。
1893年，美国芝加哥的世界博览会上首次使用了霓虹灯标志牌 。不过，没有哪个城市能与拉斯维加斯众多的霓虹灯相匹敌 。现在的博物馆仍保存着许多旧标志牌，不过不是所有的灯都能点亮 。
如今，游客们只能想象30多年前这些标志灯牌的样子 。修复这些标志牌可能得花费数万美元 。而投影映射能以较低成本重温标志牌亮灯的美景 。
克雷格·温斯洛（Craig Winslow）是数码艺术家和设计师，他帮助创建了博物馆的霓虹灯展览 。他利用旧照片、视频和其他信息对标志牌进行数字复原 。随后，他进行了扫描，确定8个放映机的精确位置，让放映机与电灯泡、生锈金属和灯管的位置吻合 。
“有时，灯牌上并没有灯泡，但我给它设计了一个数码灯泡，”温斯洛说 。“远远一看，犹如标志牌被点亮了 。近观后，你会发现所有的灯牌都是坏的，或没有灯泡或挂着灯泡 。”
该城市的历史影像也将被投射到灯牌上 。其中一些影像展示了著名钢琴家列勃拉斯弹钢琴和赌博者在赌桌上玩牌的昔日景象 。