Starlight Motel - Mesa, AZ - 1985


Created in 1960, this is one of Arizona's most iconic vintage neon signs.  I photographed it in the mid-1980s long before it had been restored in 2013. 


In its heyday, this beautiful colorful sign (known to the locals as "The Diving Lady") stood majestically as a beacon along Mesa's Main Street to draw attention to their lovely kidney shaped swimming pool. In a brilliant three-part neon lit sequence, the woman diver appeared to be diving straight into the refreshing pool water. 


By the time I photographed it in 1985, the motel had fallen on hardtimes and the pool was empty and filled with cement.  It had become a hangout for local kids and their skateboards.  For them, she was now diving headon into an empty cement pool and they lovingly nicknamed her: "Suicide Girl."  


This photo appears on the cover of my first book,"By the Side of the Road"  a B/W collection of vintage roadside signs from all over the USA. 


Starlight Motel - 1985 - Main Street, Mesa, AZ.

SKU: 364215376135191
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