Chris Bracey at Circus of Soho

Image taken by Emma Knock

London’s Soho has long had an association with bright lights, from neon cocktail glasses on the front of bars to flashing signs down alleyways peddling ‘girls girls girls’, but now there’s one shop that easily stands out from the neon din with a light display so impressive that it could probably light up a whole football field; and that’s Chris Bracey’s ‘God’s Own Junkyard’ at Circus of Soho.

Pop-up shop come exhibition, Chris, who has worked with the likes of Tim Burton, Vivienne Westwood and Alexander McQueen, is displaying a selection of his work from his vast collection of 1950s Hollywood-inspired bright, shiny things; from vintage sex shop signs to Woolworths baskets. Beak Street has never looked so good.

I checked out the exhibition after work and ended up whiling away a good portion of my Friday night in there. All it took was a quick nose through the window and my teenage passion for all things neon was re-ignited. Upstairs you are greeted with scores of signs, from cutesy little ones stating ‘I ❤ U’ to huge, great skulls wearing crowns. Downstairs is home to the larger signs, with the gigantic golden, glittery ‘Elvis’ being one of my personal highlights.

Check out some of my favourite pieces below:

Until 15th January 2013

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