Wednesday, 26 April 2017

God's Own Junkyard

It's been a long time since I've blogged. I had this idea in my head that once I had my one full time job (instead of the two/working six days a week I did before), I would have all this productive free time.
But to be honest that free time has been filled with London adventures, loved ones and mindless netflix. All good things right?! But I've missed this little record of our lives and I have so many pictures I haven't shared over this past year! 

Last autumn Becca (who is currently travelling all around Asia) came to visit and recommended we go to God's Own Junkyard. It's almost ridiculous how big London is and that this venture easily takes an hour to get too! Located in Walthamstow, in an incredibly unassuming array of garage like buildings, you turn and corner and find a huge collection of neon lighting stashed away. It was oddly very relaxing and even houses a little cafe along with a quirky garden and pillows.  

The experience is completely free and there are so many treasures hidden away. It was fairly busy when we went and the whole place feels like a labyrinth, almost like the Room of Requirement in Harry Potter. I loved the giant tea pot and Lemonade sign. We even found a Doctor Who Telephone Box stashed away...

Their website states that...

'Chris Bracey has been the Neon Man for 37 years creating iconic artpieces for David la chappelle, Martin Creed etc. With a cult following in London and Los Angeles.
New & used neon fantasies, salvaged signs, vintage neons, old movie props and retro displays. Neon art made from found objects, retrieved and renewed waste and lights.
Fairground & circus lighting, architectural sign salvage. Led & cold cathode luxury products. Designers & makers of all things with light. 

Chris has made, installed and collected signs that have appeared behind some of the greatest stars. Tom Cruise in Eyes Wide Shut, Johnny Depp in Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, Jack Nicholson in Batman are just a few that have appeared alongside the collection. When the film is rapped neons are discarded like yesterdays newspapers, unwanted, unloved. Chris has collected these neon and bulb icons and salvages old neons and architectural advertising from the streets before they disappear forever. Repaired and resurrected, coupled with quirky art and powered up to shine like jewels of light. Icons in their own right, Gods own junk yard where neon never dies.'

And last but not least, growing up in Milton Keynes Becca was of course delighted by the concrete cows!

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