Famous neon sign installations to takeover Leadenhall Market


From Wednesday 26 May until the end of July, lights, neon signs and a great deal of action will come in to play at the City of London’s Leadenhall Market. Designed to inject a blaze of colour and joy back into the capital, the Victorian covered market will collaborate with Gods Own Junkyard on Electric City, an immersive technicolour production involving multiple units and installations.

Gods Own Junkyard has worked on film sets for over 40 years and the exhibition will include signage highlights from Stanley Kubrick’s Eyes Wide Shut, Judge Dredd, Batman, Tomb Raider, Charlie and the Chocolate Factory and The Dark Knight. In addition to the actual movie signs, Gods Own Junkyard will display film stills of the pieces in-situ in the windows of Leadenhall Market’s shopfronts.

Electric City is part of an exciting programme of events and activities to celebrate the full reopening of Leadenhall Market’s 35 boutique retailers, bars, restaurants and cafes after restrictions on indoor dining lift in line with step three of the government’s lockdown roadmap on no sooner than 17 May.

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Gods Own Junkyard is now run by the founder’s wife and two sons (Linda, Mathew and Marcus Bracey).

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While Gods Own Junkyard’s Walthamstow paradise and Rolling Scones Cafe will continue to host their entire archive of neon and vintage signs, Electric City will allow them to bring out some of the key pieces to chart their own place within movie history.

Although the movie signs are not for sale, a walk-in installation and information hub will be open to the public on Wednesdays to Saturdays, with selected pieces available to purchase online via a Shopify site with item codes for virtual buyers. Further exciting events including guided tours and talks will also be announced in June and July, once government restrictions are fully relaxed from no sooner than 21 June.

Linda Bracey, owner of Gods Own Junkyard, said: “We certainly believe it will be an interesting project and like nothing we’ve ever done before. When you’re commissioned for a film, you have a working title, you don’t know much about it, you have to sign an NDA, so it’s impossible to gauge how important it might become. Curating the Electric City exhibition for Leadenhall Market raises the question, ‘why didn’t we buy back more?'”

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