On a small industrial estate just around the corner from Walthamstow’s trendy village is one of London’s artistic wonders.
It is here that you’ll find ‘God’s Own Junkyard‘, local artist Chris Bracey’s workshop and showroom. Hailing from a long line of London signmakers, Chris has been manipulating neon and bulbs since the 1970s. Today you can spot his work in feature films and on theatre sets, from the humble surroundings of the Theatre Royal Stratford East’s small studio to 2013’s multi-million blockbuster World War Z.
Chris’s work has featured in two successful shows at the Scream gallery in Soho’s Eastcastle St (one of which appeared in the Londoneer blog last Spring) and is crossing the Atlantic for a US show soon.
If you’re interested in acquiring one of his unique light sculptures, a small piece will set you back in the mid-hundreds of pounds. The large, imposing pieces can run into many thousands – no wonder then that his work is particularly popular with London’s well-heeled celebrities.
God’s Own Junkyard is usually open to the public on Saturdays and Sundays – if the wilds of Walthamstow aren’t your scene a number of works for sale are always on display in Selfridges on London’s Oxford St.