For ten days (until October 13), Shepherd Market in Mayfair is hosting a street exhibition of neon signs, dubbed Neon Legacy. The signs are switched on at midday until 8:00pm, and another exhibit will be taking place throughout the month of November at Bankrobber Gallery in Notting Hill. The signs are the work of Chris Bracey who passed away a couple of years ago but his neon sign workshop "God's Own Junkyard" has remained open thanks to his family. Bracey was responsible for many neon signs in west London and Soho as well as signs for films, such as "Blade Runner." He also collaborated with popular artists, such as Damien Hirst.
I've not yet made it to "God's Own Junkyard", but it's been on my London 'to-do' list for awhile now. I have always been fascinated by neon lights and holiday lights, and these featured in my paintings (when I had time to paint/draw). The neon signs are located in shop windows at Shepherd Market, about a five-minute walk from Green Park underground station. I managed to capture many of the signs during my visit.
The gun sign above was animated. The gun became a pistol, and this switched angle from a side view to a barrel view.
My favourite sign was the sign above, behind the 'liquour store' sign. This is a colourful sign. I actually want to create a neon sign. I love them!