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About this project

Speeding by the Cuba sign!
Speeding by the Cuba sign!

Cuban artists are leading a wave of economic, social and cultural change that is gripping Cuba. This is a project started and run by an independent artist, Kadir Lopez Nieves. He and his friends are on a mission to restore the antique neon signs of the city and to create a new illuminated skyline. We want you to join us in this wonderful effort!

After close to sixty years in the dark due to power shortages and a reduced ability to light the city, Havana is stirring again and showing signs of new life in its public realm and private initiatives. Cuba is now engaged with the United States. Americans are visiting in droves and making friends with Cubans in unprecedented ways. This is an artist project that is an example of public culture providing the visual clues that will create a vibrant private sector, create jobs, make Cubans see progress and strengthen its historic past.

Después de cerca de sesenta años en la oscuridad debido a la escasez de energía y una disminución de la capacidad para iluminar la ciudad, La Habana se agita de nuevo y mostrar signos de vida nueva en su ámbito público y la iniciativa privada. Cuba se comunica con los Estados Unidos. Los estadounidenses asisten en masa para ser amigos con los cubanos de una manera sin precedentes. Este proyecto es un ejemplo de la cultura pública que proporciona las pistas visuales que va a crear un sector privado dinámico, generen empleos y cubanos ven el progreso y mantengan su pasado histórico.

Havana Circa 1040s
Havana Circa 1040s

Havana was once graced by thousands of electric signs on theaters, stores, hotels and nightclubs. It was a city of lights that rivaled even Paris in the 1950s. Neon and incandescent signs heralded the urban chic of the city before the practice fell into disfavor in the early 1960s and they slowly evaporated from the city’s skyline. The politically incorrect implications of the fabulous signage, as well as the maintenance required in the harsh, tropical climate propelled the signs into decay. Today, Havana is a city with a new vigor and energy that is quickly reclaiming old traditions and breathing new life into the electric signs that are the architectural equivalent of the rolling stock of antique American cars the city’s streets.

La Habana una vez fue agraciado por miles de letrerros eléctricss en teatros, tiendas, hoteles y discotecas. Era una ciudad de las luces que rivalizaban incluso París en la década de 1950. Neón y signos incandescentes anunciaron la elegancia urbana de la ciudad antes de la práctica cayó en desuso a principios de 1960 y se evapora lentamente del horizonte de la ciudad. Las implicaciones incorrectas de otros tiempos así como el mantenimiento requerido en el duro clima, tropical propulsaron los luminicos fabulosos en decadencia. Hoy en día, La Habana es una ciudad con un nuevo vigor y energía que está recuperando rápidamente las viejas tradiciones y dar nueva vida a las señales eléctricas que son el equivalente arquitectónico del material rodante de los coches americanos antiguos calles de la ciudad.

A World of Wonders
A World of Wonders

On a road to lasting friendship and peace! On December 17, 2014 the US and Cuba announced dynamic new changes that have paved the way for a new peaceful relationship between the peoples of Cuba and the United States.  We are committed to enhancing the relationships between our countries with this project.

En un camino a la amistad y la paz duradera! El 17 de diciembre 2014 los EE.UU. y Cuba anunció nuevos cambios dinámicos que prepararán el camino para una nueva relación pacífica entre los pueblos de Cuba y Estados Unidos. Estamos comprometidos con la mejora de las relaciones entre nuestros países con este proyecto.

This project fully complies with Cuban and US law including US Treasury & Commnerce regulations  Este proyecto cumple plenamente con todas las regulaciones existentes en los EE.UU. con respecto a las sanciones cubanas.  

Cine Megano
Cine Megano

Alumbrando el Barrio! Lighting up the Neighborhood! That's our motto! We are a group of artists and neon sign lovers that are intent in restoring the historic neon signs of Havana, Cuba. Ese es nuestro lema! Somos un grupo de artistas y amantes de la señal de neón que tienen la intención de restaurar las señales de neón históricos de La Habana, Cuba.

You can help us do this! Your help in adopting a sign will make this happen! Not only do we need your funding but your interest and encouragement will propel us forward! We are searching for people just like you, who like art, love neon and want to see a vibrant city skyline restored to its former glory! No mater what category of funding you select it will be a very important show of support for the citizens of Havana. 

Usted puede ayudarnos a hacer esto! Su ayuda en la adopción de un letrero de neon hará que esto suceda! No sólo necesitamos su financiación, pero su interés y estímulo nos impulsa hacia delante! Estamos buscando a personas como usted, que les gusta el arte, el amor de neón y quieren ver un horizonte de la vibrante ciudad restaurado a su antigua gloria! Sin importar en qué categoría de fondos que seleccione será un espectáculo muy importante de apoyo para los habitantes de La Habana. 

Kadir's studio has become the first full service neon shop in private hands in Havana in many years, we have all the tubes, glass, torches and ladders to get this job done. We have the best young neon benders on the island and we are already doing it! We have already restored ten+ signs! With your help we will light us the whole city! This project is conducted by a private citizen artist and it aims at improving the private sector, increase civil society and benefit the Cuban people directly with an improved public realm. We have already created a small independent business and four private sector jobs. Your help will allow us to expand this work 

Ya estamos trabajando y listos con el primer taller de neón en servicio completo en manos privadas en La Habana, tenemos todos los tubos, vidrio, antorchas y escaleras que hacer este trabajo. Tenemos los mejores dobladores de neón jóvenes de la isla y que ya estamos haciendo! Ya hemos restaurado quince luminicos+! Con su ayuda, nosotros encenderemos toda la ciudad! Este proyecto se lleva a cabo por un artista ciudadano privado y que tiene por objeto mejorar el sector privado, la sociedad civil y aumentar beneficiar directamente al pueblo cubano con un mejor de dominio público. Ya hemos creado una pequeña empresa independiente y cuatro puestos de trabajo del sector privado. 

Su ayuda nos permitirá ampliar este trabajo We need your support!

 Although it is a lot easier to work in Cuba because of the lifting of some restrictions for Americans to connect with the island, it is still very difficult to carry out a project of this magnitude there. But we are experienced entrepreneurs and artists. We are a unique group of partners who posses all of the necessary skills and experience in working in the USA and Cuba. We are experts in sign creation, historic neon sign restoration, government relations, civic processes, planning, distribution, marketing, sales, business administration, tourism planning and public relations to address the needs of our project. This is a team that is supporting Kadir Lopez in his public practice.

 ¡Necesitamos su apoyo! A pesar de que es mucho más fácil trabajar en Cuba debido a la retirada de algunas restricciones para los estadounidenses a conectar con la isla, todavía es muy difícil de llevar a cabo un proyecto de esta magnitud . Pero somos empresarios y artistas experimentados. Somos un grupo único de socios que poseen todos los conocimientos y la experiencia necesaria para trabajar en los EE.UU. y Cuba.

Somos expertos en la creación de signos, restauración histórica señal de neón, relaciones gubernamentales, procesos cívicos, planificación, distribución, comercialización, ventas, administración de empresas, la planificación del turismo y las relaciones públicas para hacer frente a las necesidades de nuestro proyecto. 

Read more about our founder. Kadir Lopez Nieves is one of Havana's most interesting and successful artists. After many years of working in his studio with signs and neon he decided to move out into the community to provide the benefits of his work to the everyday people of Havana. Fascinated by the city's stock of rusting and aging public signage created a new public practice to start restoring these beauties for all the residents of the City. This is a perfect example of how art can change the world for the better. One sign at a time! 

Read more about Kadir Lopez Nieves here Lea más arriba acerca de nuestro fundador. CLICK HERE 

Fin de Siglo
Fin de Siglo

 Kadir López Nieves es uno de los artistas más interesantes y exitosos de La Habana. Después de muchos años de trabajo en su estudio con signos de neón y decide trasladarse a la comunidad para proporcionar los beneficios de su trabajo a la gente de todos los días de La Habana. Fascinado por la oxidación social de la ciudad y el envejecimiento de señalización pública creó una nueva práctica pública para iniciar la restauración de estas bellezas para todos los residentes de la ciudad. Este es un ejemplo perfecto de cómo el arte puede cambiar el mundo para mejor. Una luminico a la vez!

This is a perfect example of how art can change the world for the better. One sign at a time!

Risks and challenges

Although we are very accomplished regarding working in Cuba and already have restored over 15 signs, we know that anything can happen in Cuba and US relations that would make it more difficult to fix more signs. However we have been working on this for over two years and see an increasing acceptance by the citizens on the street so we do not expect this work to stop.

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