The Venice Chamber of Commerce and the Venice Symphony Orchestra celebrated St Patrick’s Day with the first-ever lighting of the “O’Venice” Sign on March 17, 2015.
The Venice Sign was lit green by our new LAPD Pacific Division Captain Nicole Alberca and a reception was held at Bank of Venice by owner Tom Elliot.
On hand with Captain Alberca to help light the Sign were a host of community leaders including Carl Lambert, Abigail Meyers, Carol Tantau, Jason Teague, Ridaa Murad, Wesley Flowers, Sunny Bak, and Reta Moser to name a few. Both the “O” and switch were designed and fabricated by architect Ramsey Daham and his firm Breakform Design.
The Chamber looks forward to establishing this as another enduring tradition for the historic Venice Sign and the entire community.
View video below of the lighting by Venice Paparazzi. Event pics will be posted on 03.19.15
A little Venice History!
The legendary Abbot Kinney introduced the world to Venice in 1905 on the 4th of July. Spanning across Windward Avenue at Pacific (then Trolley Way), 3-foot high letters spelling VENICE glowed to electric life!
In 2007, the Venice Sign Restoration Project recreated and installed the contemporary version of this historic sign. Since that time the Venice Chamber has been responsible for the Sign and for protecting its trademark. View photos of the the June 24, 2007 Venice Fest (the lighting of the restored Venice Sign for the first time.)
Today this lasting legacy is restored across Windward Avenue as a tribute to the celebrated Venice of years past and modern day gateway to the world famous Venice Beach. www.VeniceChamber.net
LOCATION: 80 Windward Ave. Venice, CA 90291. Metered parking on Windward Ave. Parking lots on Windward Ave and Speedway.
ADOPT A BULB & BE PART OF THE VENICE SIGN!
Continuing year-round, the Venice Chamber of Commerce raises funds to support the maintenance of the VENICE Sign. Through the Adopt-a-Bulb program, direct donations and license fees we are able to provide for inspections and repairs, ensuring that the VENICE Sign remains a safe and beautiful symbol for all to enjoy. ADOPT-A-BULB become a part of the legacy.