Every day: during daylight hours, and lit until midnight
Free, to be enjoyed entirely from the pavement
About the event
World-famous neon heaven God’s Own Junkyard are to create a special neon and lightbulb-filled window display at Walthamstow’s newest gallery, in honour of the late, and local, neon artist and the Junkyard's founder Chris Bracey.
There'll be a glowing, family-friendly switch-on event on Friday 4th Dec at 7pm, and the mesmerising window exhibition will continue into the New Year.
Chris, who died last year, followed his father Dick into the neon business in the mid-70s, starting with the Pink Pussycat Club in Soho. He was soon creating iconic pieces for four Batman films, Eyes Wide Shut, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory as well as for clients Agent Provocateur and Selfridges.
When invited by the gallery to create a Christmas display for its former hardware store windows overlooking the village square Linda Bracey, Chris’s widow, jumped at the chance. “Chris was born in Walthamstow and he recalled this very shop as his earliest memory of a colourful window display, and loved this special time of the year because it was his birthday on Christmas day and everyone was happy.” So it’s doubly poignant and fitting that his family will share with the community an entrancing selection of Chris's pieces in neon and bulbs to shine the light he loved into the heart of the village he grew up in.” His family are carrying the neon baton into the future, ensuring that Chris’s light that will never go out.