God’s Own Junkyard


It’s been a while since I last posted on here, largely due to a mix of experiencing the dreaded writer’s block and taking a much needed mental health break from all things techy. Whenever my motivation starts to lag, one place I head to for inspiration is God’s Own Junkyard. Over 37 years, the late Chris Bracey built a neon empire, proving that one man’s trash is another’s illuminated masterpiece. Although taken too early by prostate cancer in 2014, he left behind a legacy that will outlive us all. His pieces have made an appearance in Eyes Wide Shut, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and Batman, as well as being photographed by Emma Summerton for Vogue.

Now, you can see them all for free in God’s Own Junkyard, Walthamstow, before feasting in true rock n roll style in their Rolling Scones cafe. Did I mention that this is a hotbed for inspiration? Although it’s small, you can walk around infinite times and always see something you’d never noticed before, as if each of his creations is all taking turns to say hello. Whether you’re looking at art, sipping a beer in the cafe or observing a little impromptu iPhone photo shoot in the corner, one thing remains clear: Bracey left behind an infectious buzz in the air that inspires people to get their creative juices flowing and make their mark in the world, just like he did.


God’s Own Junkyard is at Unit 2, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, E17 9HQ. 

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