Neon art is a relatively new media. As a genre, the field of neon art is still emerging, with new techniques and technologies creating new opportunities each year. Neon art utilizes neon lights to create visually stimulating forms of art, often incorporating motion and interactivity.
Neon is one of the noble gases, having a number of properties in common with the other gases: argon, krypton, xenon, and radon. When a noble gas is bombarded with electrons by running an electric current through it, its atoms are dislodged from their orbit. As the atoms absorb the electrons, the resulting energy emits as light. Only neon and argon are commonly used in neon art.
Neon art takes two main forms. In the first, neon tubing is the exclusive media used to create the pieces. Often these pieces resemble traditional neon signs, with some subtle or clever message added for artistic expression.