Neon Boneyard

What do you find in a Las Vegas salvage yard? Some ready-made art that would have delighted Andy Warhol or Robert Rauschenberg.

Photographer Laura Domela saw beauty, nostalgia and rich archeological imagery in these old-fashioned eye candy neon signs that were designed to lure pleasure seekers of yesterday into realms of man-made dreams filled with hope, chance and distraction.

Today, these flashing bulbs and tubes and painted metal hand-shaped boxes are piled in the “neon boneyard”, replaced by laser beams, jumbotron screens and pulsing LEDs.

These photos radiate the heat of the harsh desert sun, and conjure all kinds of thoughts, including questions about beauty, attraction, and the links between technology and human desire.

— Jim Casper