Towner Eastbourne keeps spectacular mural during coronavirus pandemic

Towner Eastbourne’s colourful outdoor mural by Lothar Götz is staying at the iconic building for another year.

Monday, 30th March 2020, 10:17 am
Updated Monday, 30th March 2020, 10:21 am
Lothar Götz at The Towner. Photo by Jim Stephenson

Dance Diagonal, the Brewers Towner Commission, was originally set to come down in 2020, but will now remain in place until spring 2021.

This means that art lovers who thought they had missed their chance to view it still have time to see the work when it is safe to do so.

The spectacular mural consists of a variety of bright colours cleverly wrapped around the outside of the gallery.

Lothar Götz at The Towner. Photo by Jim Stephenson

Since last summer, it has been visited by tens of thousands of people and it can be seen from as far away as the South Downs.

Joe Hill, Towner Eastbourne’s director, 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.”

He continued: “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, which is sponsored by Brewers Decorators Centres in Eastbourne, was commissioned as part of Towner’s anniversary programme celebrating 10 years in the current building. Lothar Götz was chosen from 60 artists and designers who applied to an open call. Brewers supplied over 900 litres of high-quality Albany Smooth Masonry paint, using hand-mixed shades to make the design as vibrant as possible.

Lothar Götz at The Towner. Photo by Jim Stephenson

Lothar’s work usually takes the form of large-scale paintings, drawings and installations that work with existing architecture. He has received commissions for Southbank Centre, London (2014) and Leeds Art Gallery (2017).

Lothar said: ‘Visible from many prominent viewpoints in Eastbourne, it’s been fantastic to see so many people engaging with and enjoying Dance Diagonal.”

He continued: “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.”

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