Chris Bracey has been the Neon Man for 37 years creating iconic artpieces for David La Chapelle, Martin Creed etc, and formed a cult following in London and Los Angeles. 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.
I was very sad to discover that unfortunately Gods Own Junkyard are being forced to leave their current premises by the council who want the land for development. When I went, scores of people were coming and going just to get a glimpse of this gem before it disappears.
Due to close and leave at the end of this week I highly recommend a visit to this treasure trove of bright lights and kitch slogans. For more information please visit the website – www.godsownjunkyard.co.uk/
Fitting perfectly in with the heritage, fun feel and ethos of Saddlebag Trading Company we felt totally inspired to bring together these icons of pop culture.
Gods own junk yard….where neon never dies.