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$1,036
pledged of $16,000pledged of $16,000 goal
13
backers
Funding Unsuccessful
The project's funding goal was not reached on Wed, June 12 2013 6:48 PM UTC +00:00

About

For the (public) Benefit of the Larger Community:
When Albert Okura purchased the tiny town of Amboy, CA, located on Route 66, his commitment was to restore and preserve the town as a historic landmark. Restoring the iconic Roy’s sign is the first step toward Amboy’s revival. Roy’s sign represents a landmark for those many people traversing Route 66. It also represents a rare architectural mid century style that was the vanguard of the 50’s and 60’s American architecture. The rehabilitation of this renowned and iconic sign serves the past, present and future equally well.
A simultaneous work-in-progress supports Amboy by establishing a venue where artists from around the globe will have a place to create with the support of a nonprofit international art foundation: The Amboy Foundation of Art. Artists historically are drawn to the desert where they are able to achieve solitude and inspiration. Mr. Okura, has generously agreed to allow his motel property to be rehabilitated for this purpose. The first AFA project is the refinishing of the paint on the sign panel to historic conditions.

Who are those people that form this indistinct, yet connected community?
We are all travelers who come along Route 66 from all places; locally and from across California, from around the United States, and literally from around the world. We all come to participate however fast and briefly in this immensely large experience of the wide open desert. All that was needed then, and is now, is a vehicle for travel- literally and figuratively- to transcend time and space, and to rejoin this expanse. The Neon Monument Sign celebrates this location of Roy’s Café in Amboy, but also symbolically this experiential and educational journey.
Restoration of this neon sign serves each generation- those who passed through a half-century ago, those present, and generations to come.

Route 66 has been marked by Roy's Cafe neon sign in Amboy, Ca since 1959. The immediate need served by this project is to stabilize and repair this long-standing monument sign.  A need continues beyond an act of arts, documentation and conservation, and the mechanical arts of repair and bent glass tubes.  We will restore the sign to original operating condition. This will include restoration of structural, electrical and neon art elements.

A team of professional conservators, engineers and artisans will be managed by recognized historical architect, Taylor Louden AIA.

Risks and challenges

First and foremost, the remote location in the Mojave Desert makes costs and schedule a challenge. Material and labor costs are understandably higher. The environmental toll on any object in the desert requires ongoing rehabilitation. We are designing for this difficult environment by using conservation-based restoration materials.

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