Gods Own Junkyard

September 20, 2013 · 0 comments

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Gods Own Junkyard

Gods Own Junkyard

Gods Own Junkyard

Gods Own Junkyard

Gods Own Junkyard

Gods Own Junkyard

Gods Own Junkyard

Gods Own Junkyard

Gods Own Junkyard

Gods Own Junkyard

Gods Own Junkyard

Gods Own Junkyard

Welcome to Gods Own Junkyard where a jaw-dropping and eye-popping collection of salvaged neon fairground lights, vintage advertising signage and retired film-set pieces live beneath a railway track in Wood Street. Housing the largest collection of neon in Europe, this yard in Walthamstow has been their home for nigh on forty years and their owner and collector, Chris Bracey, is fondly known as The Neon Man. Having had commissions from Stella McCartney, Vivienne Westwood and David LaChapelle, and provided installations for films such as Tim Burton’s Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and the Batman films his pieces are as iconic as they are legendary.

I’ve been a fan of Chris Bracey’s work for a fair while now, and I even wrote about my fascination and appreciation for his neon creations earlier this summer when he exhibited at the Scream gallery on Eastcastle Street in Soho. I mentioned then that visiting Gods Own Junkyard had been on my list of must-get-round-to’s, well this weekend put it to the top of yours as it’ll be your last time to see it at its current address. Despite a petition to stay at its current home sadly the land that the yard occupies has been sold to property developers to build flats. This Saturday and Sunday are the last chances you’ll have to step into a real life neon fantasy,and if you do then prepare to be bedazzled.

Gods Own Junkyard

Gods Own Junkyard

Gods Own Junkyard

Gods Own Junkyard

Gods Own Junkyard

Gods Own Junkyard

Gods Own Junkyard

Gods Own Junkyard

Gods Own Junkyard

Gods Own Junkyard

Gods Own Junkyard

Gods Own Junkyard

Gods Own Junkyard is open to the public until this Sunday 21st September from 10:30 until 5pm on Friday and Saturday and from 11am until 4pm on Sunday, this weekend is the last opportunity you’ll have to see it in its current home so catch it whilst you still can. The ‘Red Shed’ will stay open for another six weeks until Sunday 10th November. Visit www.godsownjunkyard.com for more information.

 

 

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