Artist at Work - Neon Fabrication

A few weeks ago I spent some time photographing Mark Westphal while he fabricated neon sculptures at Ion Art in Austin, TX. Mark was increadibly gracious to let me photograph him working, and regaled me with stories of his history working in the craft.

Before I decided to photograph Mark, I did some research on how neon signs and sculptures are made, and while there was a lot of technical info, I couldn't find many photographs of the people who work in it. Mark made the whole process look easy, in the way only someone with decades of experience can. 

The pieces Mark was working on are going to be part of a large show / party celebrating the 100th anniversary of neon.  I wish I could see the finished product, the theme for the event is "The Surreal Jungle" and it should be pretty amazing.