Lothar Götz, Dance Diagonal, Brewers Towner Commission. Photo by Eva Eastman
The outdoor commission Dance Diagonal by Lothar Go?tz is to stay at Towner Eastbourne until Spring 2021. Towner Eastbourne, an iconic building on the South Coast between the sea and the South Downs, became the canvas for the largest outdoor mural in the United Kingdom in 2019. The work, Dance Diagonal, the Brewers Towner Commission, was created by artist Lothar Go?tz and consists of a striking range of bright colours intricately wrapped around Towner’s iconic exterior.
Since last summer, it has been visited by tens of thousands of people since and shared widely in the digital realm by a wide range of enthusiasts. As museums, galleries and public buildings across the world close, Towner is pleased to announce that this bright and hopeful work, which can be seen fromthestreetsofEastbourne andfromasfarawayastheSouthDowns, will remain in place another year. Originally due to come down in 2020, the work will now stay until Spring 2021.
Lothar Götz at The Towner. Copyright Jim Stephenson 2019
Joe Hill, Director, Towner Eastbourne, said:
“If you haven’t had the chance to visit our coloured outdoor commission, or if you’re missing it, the good news is it will still be there to enjoy once life feels a little bit more normal again. It’s been wonderful to see so many people enjoying Dance Diagonal; stopping to engage with the wonderful palette of colour, to take a selfie with friends or family, or to admire the carefully planned and beautifully executed design. I am so pleased that we can offer an outdoor symbol of joy during these troubling times and that people are able to enjoy the work for the coming year when it is safe to do so.”
The commission, sponsored by Brewers Decorators Centres, an Eastbourne company, was originally commissioned as part of Towner’s anniversary programme celebrating 10 years in the current building. Lothar Go?tz was selected from sixty artists and designers who applied to the open call, with a colourful geometric design. The work wraps all three external sides of the gallery in fifteen vibrant shades of paint and draws upon the building’s architecture as inspiration.
Go?tz’s work– typically large-scale paintings, drawings and installations that respond to existing architectural structures – has also included commissions for Southbank Centre, London (2014) and Leeds Art Gallery (2017).
Artist Lothar Go?tz said:
‘Visible from many prominent viewpoints in Eastbourne, it’s been fantastic to see so many people engaging with and enjoying Dance Diagonal since it was created last summer for Towner Eastbourne’s 10th anniversary. The painting sits somewhere between street art and Minimalism and Abstraction and hopefully offers a range of diverse viewings and readings. It has also been wonderful to observe the mural with the changing of the seasons this past year, viewing the hues of the work against different skies and winter, autumnal and now spring climates. I hope many more people will experience this work in the coming year, either as part of a visit to Towner Eastbourne, or as they pass by and view from afar, during these difficult times we currently live through.’
Over 900 litres of Albany Smooth Masonry paint was supplied by Brewers was used in hand mixed shades to ensure the vibrancy of the design was brought to life.
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ICYMI – Dance Diagonal, our joyful rainbow mural has been extended until spring 2021!? ? We're not the only ones happy to hear the good news: "We are delighted that the Brewers Towner Commission has been extended; it’s fantastic to see Lothar’s design engaged with by so many. As a family business that started in Eastbourne in 1904 we feel passionately about the life of the town in all its dimensions – not least the cultural life. It has clearly raised the profile of the already vibrant art scene in Eastbourne – attracting a lot of interest from both visitors to the town and the local community."? ? – Mark Brewer, Chairman of @brewerspaints? ? This means that Dance Diagonal will still be there for you to enjoy after life returns to normal and you can come back and visit us.? ? #BrewersTownerCommission #DanceDiagonal @BrewersPaints @LotharGoetz #inconversation #Eastbourne #EastSussex Photo: @clickclickjim