Where: Gods Own Junkyard, Shernhall Street, Walthamstow E17 9HQ
What is it?
The renowned British neon artist Chris Bracey has created the ‘Cool Britannia Collection’; a series of new and original artworks. Each piece is a one of a kind and is on display to the public at Gods Own Junkyard. The artwork will be auctioned in aid of Kids Company on 29th May.
The Mokka is Vauxhall Motors compact SUV. Taking inspiration from the car’s design, Chris Bracey chose three words describing the car to include in his artworks; Power, Refined and Adventure. These words were highlighted in neon and incorporated into phrases taken from British popular culture.
Chris Bracey has been the ‘Neon Man’ for 40 years. He began his career by transforming the Soho area in the 60’s, redefining the recognisable aesthetic of the area. Since then, he has created pieces for iconic films, from Tim Burton’s Batman to Blade Runner and Eyes Wide Shut.
Hundreds of Bracey’s artworks are housed in his Walthamstow studio, Gods Own Junkyard, a neon wonderland filled with signs, reworked salvaged materials and props. The ‘Cool Britannia Collection’ will be on display at Gods Own Junkyard until 28th May, and the yard is open this weekend from Friday to Sunday, 11am to 5pm.
On 29th May, the artwork will be auctioned for Kids Company as part of their Spring Clean campaign, a pop-up shop of one-off designer pieces and products by Lee Broom, Martin Brudnizki and Nina Campbell, amongst others.
Kids Company provide practical, emotional and educational support to vulnerable inner-city children.