Ocean Drive

The Ocean Drive Collection is a limited series of neon sculptures, designed with unique style and drawing upon the bold colours and architecture associated with the Art Deco era. The collection of 6, each with their own individual names; Harvey’s Bar – Capri Motel – The Plaza – South Beach Theatre – Sunset Diner, and the most recent ‘Villa Cabana’, which was launched especially for CabanaMAD gallery in Lisbon.

Inspiration

The project was born when April herself discovered a large series of lost 1950s Kodachrome negatives, dug up at a flea market in Istanbul. The films revealed a stunning narrative of a Turkish couple who moved to Miami in the early 1950’s, bought a Cadillac and took it cruising through the USA. .

Film negative dated 1951
Film negative #2

The architectural emphasis and energy of this lost archive was used as the key inspiration, taking its features and embedding those into each light piece to create a modern-retro futuristic city-scape.

HOW IT’S MADE

In the workshop

The collection is primarily constructed out of laser cut plexiglass, sprayed down to a matte white finish. The handmade glass neon, carefully blown by highly experienced ateliers in Istanbul, has a lifespan of up to 15-20 years.

Glass neon blowing

THE COLLECTION

#1 VILLA CABANA

#2 HARVEY’S BAR

#3 CAPRI MOTEL

#4 THE PLAZA

Studio Lugo / Istanbul

#5 SOUTH BEACH THEATER

#6 SUNSET DINER

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