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Under the neon glow
London gallery "God's Own Junkyard" is filled with hundreds of bright neon artworks and kitsch memorabilia that shine a light on the luminescent craft.
BRITAIN-ART/NEONCAFE
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June 14, 2017
A couple laugh as they cuddle on a sofa looking at the neon signs and artworks in God's Own Junkyard...
London, United Kingdom
A couple laugh as they cuddle on a sofa looking at the neon signs and artworks in God's Own Junkyard...
A couple laugh as they cuddle on a sofa looking at the neon signs and artworks in God's Own Junkyard gallery and cafe in London, Britain. On the flick of a flurry of switches, a studio on a grey industrial estate in East London lights up to reveal hundreds of bright neon artworks.

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June 14, 2017
Third generation neon light artist Marcus Bracey poses for a portrait. Owned by 43-year-old artist Marcus...
London, United Kingdom
Third generation neon light artist Marcus Bracey poses for a portrait picture in God's Own Junkyard gallery...
Third generation neon light artist Marcus Bracey poses for a portrait. Owned by 43-year-old artist Marcus Bracey, the gallery in Walthamstow, called 'God's Own Junkyard', houses the collection of four generations of his family who have made, bought and displayed neon works.

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June 14, 2017
Neon signs that read 'Off Your Skulls', 'Back Street Love', 'Soho Revue Bar', 'Beer Girls Porn' and 'Stateside'...
London, United Kingdom
Neon signs that read 'Off Your Skulls', 'Back Street Love', 'Soho Revue Bar', 'Beer Girls Porn' and 'Stateside'...
Neon signs that read 'Off Your Skulls', 'Back Street Love', 'Soho Revue Bar', 'Beer Girls Porn' and 'Stateside' are exhibited in God's Own Junkyard. The pieces are accompanied by kitsch memorabilia that Bracey has collected from film sets and car boot sales across Britain, leaving just enough room for a narrow winding aisle for visitors to navigate their way through the gallery.

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June 14, 2017
Neon signs are seen at the entrance to God's Own Junkyard at dusk. "This is my neon emporium, my museum...
London, United Kingdom
Neon signs are seen at the entrance to God's Own Junkyard gallery and cafe in London
Neon signs are seen at the entrance to God's Own Junkyard at dusk. "This is my neon emporium, my museum of light, my Aladdin's cave," Bracey told Reuters from the centre of the high-ceilinged studio which runs up an electricity bill of over 700 pounds ($900) a week.

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June 14, 2017
Neon bender Nick Ellwood heats glass tubes to bend them to shape as he makes neon artworks in God's Own...
London, United Kingdom
Neon Bender Nick Ellwood heats glass tubes to bend them to shape as he makes neon artworks in God's Own...
Neon bender Nick Ellwood heats glass tubes to bend them to shape as he makes neon artworks in God's Own Junkyard workshop.

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June 14, 2017
A triple distilled ball of mercury is seen in a glass tube as neon tubes are made in God's Own Junkyard...
London, United Kingdom
A triple distilled ball of mercury is seen in a glass tube as neon tubes are made in God's Own Junkyard...
A triple distilled ball of mercury is seen in a glass tube as neon tubes are made in God's Own Junkyard workshop. Bracey's new works, which take around six weeks to make with neon moulded over 800 degree burners, now sit alongside those of his 17-year-old daughter Amber, a graffiti artist and next in line to take over the family business.

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June 14, 2017
A newly design neon sign artwork is tested for colour on a bench in the workshop. REUTERS/Russell Boyce...
London, United Kingdom
A newly design neon sign artwork is tested for colour on a bench in the workshop for God's Own Junkyard...
A newly design neon sign artwork is tested for colour on a bench in the workshop. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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June 14, 2017
Neon bender Nick Ellwood blows into glass tubes to maintain their shape as he bends them. REUTERS/Russell...
London, United Kingdom
Neon Bender Nick Ellwood blows into glass tubes to maintain their shape as he bends them while making...
Neon bender Nick Ellwood blows into glass tubes to maintain their shape as he bends them. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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June 14, 2017
The control panel for the pump that is used for creating the vacuum and filling glass tubes with the...
London, United Kingdom
The control panel for the pump that is used for creating the vacuum and filling glass tubes with the...
The control panel for the pump that is used for creating the vacuum and filling glass tubes with the correct gasses needed to create the different colours in neon artworks. The neon pump is over 30 years old. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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June 14, 2017
A newly bent section of neon tube is placed against the original design drawings. REUTERS/Russell Boyce...
London, United Kingdom
A newly bent section of neon tube is placed against the original design drawings in God's Own Junkyard...
A newly bent section of neon tube is placed against the original design drawings. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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June 14, 2017
Neon bender Nick Ellwood uses a pump to vacuum out neon tubes to remove impurities. REUTERS/Russell Boyce...
London, United Kingdom
Neon Bender, Nick Ellwood uses a pump to vacuum out neon tubes to remove impurities in God's Own Junkyard...
Neon bender Nick Ellwood uses a pump to vacuum out neon tubes to remove impurities. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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June 14, 2017
Neon artwork is exhibited in God's Own Junkyard gallery. Some of Bracey's works have appeared in films,...
London, United Kingdom
Neon artwork is exhibited in God's Own Junkyard gallery and cafe in London
Neon artwork is exhibited in God's Own Junkyard gallery. Some of Bracey's works have appeared in films, including "Mission Impossible" and "Eyes Wide Shut", or decorated department stores, namely London's Selfridges, while others have been bought by celebrities such as Kate Moss.

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June 14, 2017
A neon sign that reads 'Sweet Like Chocolate'. The earliest pieces in the showroom, often used for film...
London, United Kingdom
A neon sign that reads 'Sweet Like Chocolate' is exhibited in God's Own Junkyard gallery, cafe and workshop...
A neon sign that reads 'Sweet Like Chocolate'. The earliest pieces in the showroom, often used for film shoots, date back to the 1950s, when Marcus's grandfather left his job as a miner in Wales to join a lighting company and eventually make signs for carnivals across Britain. "He left the dark and came into the light," Bracey said.

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June 14, 2017
A neon sign that reads 'Thrills'. Numerous sex shop signs can also be found, pieces made in the 1980s...
London, United Kingdom
A neon sign that reads 'Thrills' is exhibited in God's Own Junkyard gallery and cafe in London
A neon sign that reads 'Thrills'. Numerous sex shop signs can also be found, pieces made in the 1980s by Marcus's father Chris who flooded London's seedy Soho sex shops with a swath of fluorescent neon signs in a bid to turn the area into a replica of Las Vegas.

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June 14, 2017
A neon light that reads 'EATS'. Bracey recently sold a large God Save the Queen neon sign in front of...
London, United Kingdom
A neon light that reads 'EATS' forms part of an artwork exhibited in God's Own Junkyard gallery and cafe...
A neon light that reads 'EATS'. Bracey recently sold a large God Save the Queen neon sign in front of a heart-shaped British, Union Jack, flag for 58,000 pounds ($74,700) at auction to a buyer in Dubai. A replica is on display at God's Own Junkyard, which Bracey opened with his father Chris in 2008 after running out of space at home to store the family's work.

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June 14, 2017
Visitors look at the neon signs and artworks. Bracey, however, isn't ready to step away from his neon...
London, United Kingdom
Visitors look at the neon signs and artworks in God's Own Junkyard gallery and cafe in London
Visitors look at the neon signs and artworks. Bracey, however, isn't ready to step away from his neon wonderland just yet. "The buzz, the feel, the happiness. To turn it on and see what it looks like," he said of the excitement he gets every time he flicks on those switches.

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June 14, 2017
A neon sign that reads 'I love you'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
London, United Kingdom
A neon sign that reads 'I love you' forms part of an artwork exhibited in God's Own Junkyard gallery...
A neon sign that reads 'I love you'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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June 14, 2017
A neon light in the shape of a gun. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
London, United Kingdom
A neon light in the shape of a gun forms part of an artwork exhibited in God's Own Junkyard gallery and...
A neon light in the shape of a gun. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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June 14, 2017
A neon sign that reads 'BOOM'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
London, United Kingdom
A neon sign that reads 'BOOM' forms part of an artwork exhibited in God's Own Junkyard gallery and cafe...
A neon sign that reads 'BOOM'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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June 14, 2017
A neon light in the shape of a motorcycle. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
London, United Kingdom
A neon light in the shape of a motorcycle forms part of an artwork exhibited in God's Own Junkyard gallery...
A neon light in the shape of a motorcycle. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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June 14, 2017
Jon Blake, curator of Gods Own Junkyard and family friend to third generation neon light artist Marcus...
London, United Kingdom
Jon Blake, curator of Gods Own Junkyard and family friend to third generation neon light artist Marcus...
Jon Blake, curator of Gods Own Junkyard and family friend to third generation neon light artist Marcus Bracey sits with some of the exhibits. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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June 14, 2017
Neon signs that reads 'Box Office' and Crystal Pool'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
London, United Kingdom
Neon signs that reads 'Box Office' and Crystal Pool' form part of an artwork exhibited in God's Own Junkyard...
Neon signs that reads 'Box Office' and Crystal Pool'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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June 14, 2017
Tourists pose for pictures. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
London, United Kingdom
Tourists pose for pictures as they take selfies in God's Own Junkyard gallery and cafe in London
Tourists pose for pictures. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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June 14, 2017
A neon sign that reads 'Fetish'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
London, United Kingdom
A neon sign that reads 'Fetish' forms part of an artwork exhibited in God's Own Junkyard gallery and...
A neon sign that reads 'Fetish'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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June 14, 2017
A neon sign that reads 'The Dogs Bollocks'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
London, United Kingdom
A neon sign that reads 'The Dogs Bollocks' forms part of an artwork exhibited in God's Own Junkyard gallery...
A neon sign that reads 'The Dogs Bollocks'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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June 14, 2017
A neon sign that reads 'Beer, Girls, Porn' is reflected in an old Police Box. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
London, United Kingdom
A neon sign that reads 'Beer, Girls, Porn' is reflected in an old Police Box in God's Own Junkyard gallery...
A neon sign that reads 'Beer, Girls, Porn' is reflected in an old Police Box. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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June 14, 2017
People take pictures of neon signs and artworks. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
London, United Kingdom
People take pictures of neon signs and artworks in God's Own Junkyard gallery and cafe in London
People take pictures of neon signs and artworks. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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June 14, 2017
A neon sign that reads 'Amour' (Love). REUTERS/Russell Boyce
London, United Kingdom
A neon sign that reads 'Amour' forms part of an artwork exhibited in God's Own Junkyard in London
A neon sign that reads 'Amour' (Love). REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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June 14, 2017
A woman takes a picture of neon signs while sitting on a sofa. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
London, United Kingdom
A woman takes a picture of neon signs while sitting on a sofa in God's Own Junkyard gallery and cafe...
A woman takes a picture of neon signs while sitting on a sofa. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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June 14, 2017
People pose as they take pictures of each other. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
London, United Kingdom
People pose as they take pictures of each other in front of neon lights and artworks in God's Own Junkyard...
People pose as they take pictures of each other. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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