If you are looking for something to brighten up these gloomy winter days, then I recommend paying a visit to Walthamstow. I took a trip east on Friday for one good reason, which wasn’t to visit the former home of boyband East 17 but to check out God’s Own Junkyard.
God’s Own Junkyard is a space filled with the late artist Chris Bracey’s neon work. If you walk past Soho in London, you may have noticed on your journey Lights of Soho, filled with colourful neon signs. This is just a small taster of Chris’s work, whereas God’s Own Junkyard showcases the large volumes of amazing neon work that Chris did. Including pieces that were featured in box office movies like Bladerunner, Captain America and Batman.
From the outside of a warehouse space with not very much, God’s Own Junkyard takes you into a paradise of light and colour. There are so many amazing signs to look at and you just want to take pictures of them all. There is everything here from Elvis signs to giant disco balls and look out for the Jesus statue holding the neon guns, very Baz Luhrmann Romeo & Juliet. I feel like I’m walking into someones mind and I like it, I like it a lot.
Whilst your here you can also pull up a soft seat at The Rolling scones cafe. With drinks and rather large pieces of cake to choose from. I went for a mint tea and carrot cake, a very plentiful sized piece that’s for sure.
Sip tea and soak up the cake, whilst you admire more of the work in the cafe. I sat there deciding which I would like to own. Some signs are for sale, but the majority are just for display, unless maybe you speak to them rather nicely.
God’s Own Junkyard is open Friday-Saturday 11am-9pm and Sunday 11am-6pm, it’s free entry and the cafe is open all weekend.
For more visit www.godsownjunkyard.co.uk.