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In pictures: God's Own Junkyard is back at Lights of Soho

Written by
Rosie Percy

Here's a bright idea: why not fill Soho with a load of positive neon art for an upbeat end to what's been, let's face it, a pretty shit year?

That's exactly what the folks at Lights of Soho have done. For the third consecutive year, God's Own Junkyard has installed an exhibition of its work outside of its usual Walthamstow home inside the gallery-come-members club on Brewer Street.

Called 'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life', the neon signs included in this year's exhibition all reflect the more fun, carefree side of things following a catastrophic 2016. It contains work from several generations of the Bracey family, who are often praised as the people responsible for transforming Soho into the bright cultural district we know today with their distinctive neon work.

Although hundreds of pieces are filling Lights of Soho, there are a some that stand out  – so here are a few of our favourites. 

Give peace a chance

A cross so beautiful it could even convince the atheist in us

For all the Beyoncé fans out there

 Arty farty

Wise life advice

How else do you explain the £50 you spent in Tiger last week?

Sums up our reaction to the new installation

What more could you need?

This one's a collaboration between Marcus Bracey and Tracy Griffith (yes, Melanie Griffith's sister)

Good job we're totally innocent then, right?

Marcus Bracey made this piece inspired by a sex club that his dad helped to rename decades ago

Trying to read this makes our head hurt (in a good way)

D'ya kiss your mother with that mouth?

Because, duh

And of course there's LOADS more. So get down to Lights of Soho for a bright end to your year.

'Always Look on the Bright Side of Life' is curated by God's Own Junkyard, and is open to the public at Lights of Soho from December 1 to January 14. 

In other art news, did you hear that the Tate Modern is being covered in fog for a new exhibition?

Check out this video of Chris Bracey's work in Shepherd Market:

Chris Bracey's neon art has arrived in Mayfair

Mayfair-based Bankrobber gallery are celebrating neon legend Chris Bracey, the man behind God's Own Junkyard, by displaying a collection of his work around Shepherd Market. Here's a bright idea: check it out for yourself until October 13.

Posted by Time Out London on Wednesday, 5 October 2016

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