I mentioned God’s Own Junkyard when I wrote about the ways in which London looks like Blade Runner, but it’s such an amazing and photogenic place it deserved its own blog. There are other neon museums around the world but most are a little more sterile- museumlike. There’s a cafe, “The Rolling Scones”, and a garden here. There are few signs discussing the ‘exhibits’- you’re looking at a collection rather than a display.
Neon artist and graphic designer Chris Bracey spent 37 years working on signs for music videos, films, other artists and London sex shops, in his words “bringing Vegas to Soho.” When filming ended or signs were replaced, he brought the used ones back to his workshop, which is now “Gods Own Junkyard” and still a signmakers today.
Chris died in 2016 and the site is now managed by his son, Marcus, who has brought out his own range of neon art under the name “Marc Bracey Art”.
I love finding places like this- there’s also a gin bar next door called “Mothers Ruin Gin Palace” and a couple of breweries – this little corner of London isn’t something most people would stumble across but once you’re there it feels like a tiny communal microclimate. I’m now looking for other interesting clubs and secret hangouts in London. If you have any tip-offs, you know where to mail! 😉
I want one of these- it’s one of my favourite bits of art (unusually- as I’m usually MUCH more of a classical person) and I’m sure it was in Romeo and Juliet.
To get here, the nearest stop is Walthamstow Central and the address is:
Gods Own Junkyard
Ravenswood Industrial Estate
I know I’m a writer so most of my pictures come with a thousand words but with today’s one, there’s not much more I can say! Look at the pretties. 😀
Next blog: Back to the world of urbex… with a game for you!