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Under the neon glow

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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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...more

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. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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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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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...more

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. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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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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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...more

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. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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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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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...more

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. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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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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Neon bender Nick Ellwood heats glass tubes to bend them to shape as he makes neon artworks in God's Own Junkyard workshop. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

Neon bender Nick Ellwood heats glass tubes to bend them to shape as he makes neon artworks in God's Own Junkyard workshop. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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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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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...more

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. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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A newly design neon sign artwork is tested for colour on a bench in the workshop. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

A newly design neon sign artwork is tested for colour on a bench in the workshop. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

A newly design neon sign artwork is tested for colour on a bench in the workshop. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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Neon bender Nick Ellwood blows into glass tubes to maintain their shape as he bends them. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

Neon bender Nick Ellwood blows into glass tubes to maintain their shape as he bends them. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

Neon bender Nick Ellwood blows into glass tubes to maintain their shape as he bends them. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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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

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

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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A newly bent section of neon tube is placed against the original design drawings. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

A newly bent section of neon tube is placed against the original design drawings. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

A newly bent section of neon tube is placed against the original design drawings. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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Neon bender Nick Ellwood uses a pump to vacuum out neon tubes to remove impurities. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

Neon bender Nick Ellwood uses a pump to vacuum out neon tubes to remove impurities. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

Neon bender Nick Ellwood uses a pump to vacuum out neon tubes to remove impurities. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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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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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...more

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. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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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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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...more

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. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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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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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...more

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. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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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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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,...more

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. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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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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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...more

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. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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A neon sign that reads 'I love you'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

A neon sign that reads 'I love you'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

A neon sign that reads 'I love you'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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A neon light in the shape of a gun. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

A neon light in the shape of a gun. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

A neon light in the shape of a gun. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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A neon sign that reads 'BOOM'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

A neon sign that reads 'BOOM'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

A neon sign that reads 'BOOM'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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A neon light in the shape of a motorcycle. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

A neon light in the shape of a motorcycle. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

A neon light in the shape of a motorcycle. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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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

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

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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Neon signs that reads 'Box Office' and Crystal Pool'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

Neon signs that reads 'Box Office' and Crystal Pool'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

Neon signs that reads 'Box Office' and Crystal Pool'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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Tourists pose for pictures. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

Tourists pose for pictures. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

Tourists pose for pictures. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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A neon sign that reads 'Fetish'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

A neon sign that reads 'Fetish'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

A neon sign that reads 'Fetish'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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A neon sign that reads 'The Dogs Bollocks'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

A neon sign that reads 'The Dogs Bollocks'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

A neon sign that reads 'The Dogs Bollocks'. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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A neon sign that reads 'Beer, Girls, Porn' is reflected in an old Police Box. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

A neon sign that reads 'Beer, Girls, Porn' is reflected in an old Police Box. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

A neon sign that reads 'Beer, Girls, Porn' is reflected in an old Police Box. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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People take pictures of neon signs and artworks. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

People take pictures of neon signs and artworks. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

People take pictures of neon signs and artworks. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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A neon sign that reads 'Amour' (Love). REUTERS/Russell Boyce

A neon sign that reads 'Amour' (Love). REUTERS/Russell Boyce

A neon sign that reads 'Amour' (Love). REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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A woman takes a picture of neon signs while sitting on a sofa. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

A woman takes a picture of neon signs while sitting on a sofa. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

A woman takes a picture of neon signs while sitting on a sofa. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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People pose as they take pictures of each other. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

People pose as they take pictures of each other. REUTERS/Russell Boyce

People pose as they take pictures of each other. REUTERS/Russell Boyce
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