Hidden on a quiet lane at the end of the Victoria line is an electric world like nothing you’ve ever seen before.
For the past 37 years Chris Bracey – the ‘Neon Man’ – has created iconic pieces of neon art from found objects, retrieved and renewed waste and lights.
God’s Own Junkyard – his warehouse in Walthamstow Central – houses neon and bulb icons collected from film sets, shops and junkyards which he has repaired, resurrected and powered to make them ‘shine like jewels of light’.
Walking through the door you’re instantly transported to a dazzling world of technicolour.
Around every corner you discover something new and you’ll find yourself confidently calling out one particular sign as your favourite only to turn around and see something you love even more.
(Who knew Jesus had those kind of guns hidden up his sleeves?)
In addition to creating pieces for artists like David LaChapelle, Bracey has designed pieces for films including Eyes Wide Shut, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Batman which are on show at God’s Own.
Known as the place where ‘neon never dies’ God’s Own Junkyard is a feast for the senses. And I do mean all of them!
There’s a fabulous cafe on-site called the ‘Rolling Scones Cafe’ (I love a really good pun, don’t you?!) and a lovely little garden out back to sit and marvel at everything you’ve just seen.
We spent ages working our way through the aisles, taking it all in and making lists of which ones we’d take home if we could. If you’re interested in buying just speak to Bracey himself, whose exuberant smile can be seen and melodic voice can be heard signing along to the rock soundtrack that scores every visit.
If you’re in North London or just in need of a happy fix then head to God’s Own Junkyard.
It’s happy colours, classic rock anthems and one-of-a-kindness are enough to make anyone jump for joy!