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Take a Seat With: Marcus Bracey

This is the man behind neon wonderland God’s Own Junkyard

Mars El Brogy,Marta Portocarrero,Costel Sandu
Friday 07 April 2017 14:51 BST
Sofa Workshop - Marcus Bracey

In this video, we take a seat with God’s Own Junkyard’s owner and neon light artist Marcus Bracey.

The family business was started by Marcus’ grandfather in the 1950s working with neon and his father, Chris, took it on.

As a child Marcus had his own glass shop next door to where he lived.

He said: “I have to go in after school, worked with the neon, worked with the glass and that is what really grabbed me and what got me involved in this.”

Marcus describes the family business as “a neon emporium”.

When Marcus’ father passed in 2014, he took on Electro Signs and its sister project, God’s Own Junkyard to continue a legacy spanning more than 30 years.

“It’s the colours. The vibrancy. It’s the gases we mix with the noble gases – the argon, the neon gas is actually burning the molten solders, glassed together, over huge burners,” said Marcus, when asked about what makes neon special for him.

God’s Own Junkyard is in Unit 12, Ravenswood Industrial Estate, Shernhall St, London, E17 9HQ.

Take a Seat With was filmed in Sofa Workshop, 84 Tottenham Court Road, London, W1T 4TG.

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