Despite the love we showed neon artist Chris Bracey’s original electric wonderland in Walthamstow, it was forced to shut a few weeks ago to make way for a property developer, but not before hundreds of you went down to see (and show your support) for one of London’s most unique and unusual attractions.
Now, word reaches us that the future is not just bright, it’s blindingly brilliant: a new, more spacious home has been secured on a nearby industrial estate, offering four times as much room to showcase Bracey’s work, ranging from iconic signs for Hollywood blockbusters like ‘The Dark Knight’ and ‘Iron Man’ to commissions for fashion heavyweights Burberry and McQueen, as well as his collaborations with artists Martin Creed and David LaChapelle.
Bracey is understandably chuffed with his new home: ‘As it’s much bigger than the last place, I really wanted to have fun with it and make it as “Blade Runner” as possible. It’s what the inside of my brain looks like.’
With plans to install a Victorian bar salvaged from a local boozer and an outdoor terrace and garden area for warmer months, the resurrected GOJY is set to be bigger and better than its previous incarnation, making it Europe’s largest collection of neon signage and art.
Walthamstow, get ready to once again bask in the iridescent glow of a local boy done good. Mark O’Donnell
God’s Own Junkyard, Unit 12, Ravenswood, Industrial Estate Shernhall Street London E17 9HQ
God’s Own Junkyard opens at its new location on Friday December 6. Opening times are 10.30am-6pm, Friday-Sunday. Entry is free. You can also catch Chris Bracey’s work at the new Telling Tales exhibition at the Scream Gallery from December 13.