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让有光明,在[上帝的后院]铺户, Walthamstow, 伦敦 , 2016年2月20日由威廉拍摄。


Let there be light at "God's Own Backyard" in Walthamstow, London

Corrected with default setting on DxO Optics Pro v8 with lens geometric correction.

These photographs were snapped by William C on 20th February 2016, courtesy of God's Own Junkyard, these photographs, about 100 neons, may not be used for any commercial use but may be shared freely for personal enjoyment. You may find some iconic neons as used in situ. All the neons that you see in these photographs consume no more than 28 amps of electricity. Nearly all of the neons in the showroom were photographed on the day and there is a display rotation in operation as it is impossible to display the entire collection of neons.

God’s Own Junkyard in Walthamstow, London, is a shrine to the art of neon. Its is one of the largest collections of signs outside the United States, numbering over 700 pieces, and it recently featured in Vogue fashion shoots, pop videos, Newsnight interviews and television commercials for Valspar paints.

The place was dreamed up by Linda and Chris Bracey, known as the neon man. His parents started making electric signs for fairgrounds and circuses way back in the 1950s, and Chris joined the family firm, Electrosigns, in the early 70s after completing his design studies at art college.

There was a big demand for neon signs in London’s Soho back then, and Chris went on to design the majority of these, including the famous Girls Girls Girls outside the Raymond Revue Bar. By chance he met the art director of Neil Jordan’s 1986 film Mona Lisa, and he subsequently worked on Stanley Kubrik’s Eyes Wide Shut, as well as on Blade Runner, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory, and four Batman films.

As an extension of his commercial commissions, he started to use the medium in his conceptual art pieces. In 2012, he exhibited in galleries in Los Angeles and Miami, and had his first London one-man show in 2013, entitled I’ve looked up to Heaven and been down to Hell. His work found its way into the private collections of Elton John, Kate Moss, Jude Law and Lady Gaga.

Sadly, Chris was diagnosed with cancer, and passed away on 1st November 2014, at the age of 59. His wife Linda and their sons Marcus, Matthew and Max are carrying on in the family tradition.

God’s Own Junkyard serves both as a museum of the art of neon, and as a showroom for Electrosigns, whose offices and workshops are just around the corner. It is open to the public on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays. Entry is free, and there is a very trendy cafeteria serving coffee and tempting snacks. Of course, any one could commission a light to be made.