GOD’S OWN JUNK YARD
Posted by Lighting Design International on 25 Feb 2015
I recently visited Soho to travel through God’s Own Junk Yard, a pop-up exhibition at Lights of Soho, set up in commemoration of Chris Bracey, a neon sign maker and legendary artist.
This exhibition included new and used neon fantasies, salvaged signs, vintage neons, old movie props and retro displays featuring fairground and circus lighting, architectural sign salvage and neon art made from found objects.
Many pieces date back to the 70’s when Bracey took over the neon business from his father. When the film is rapped, neons are discarded like yesterdays newspapers, unwanted, unloved. Chris collected these neon and bulb icons and salvaged old neons and architectural advertising from the streets before they disappeared 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.