Towner Eastbourne, an iconic building set in the culturally rich Devonshire quarter of the town, has become the canvas of a new art installation by Lothar Götz: Dance Diagonal, the Brewers Towner Commission.
Sponsored by Brewers, the commission is part of Towner’s anniversary programme celebrating 10 years in the current building. The work will be in place until May 2020. Artist Lothar Götz was selected from sixty artists and designers who applied to the open call, with a strikingly colourful geometric design and which is now one of the biggest murals in the UK.
Towner Art Gallery Director, Joe Hill comments: ‘We are delighted to have commissioned Lothar Götz to create a new work for the exterior of our building this year, marking our 10th anniversary in this space and utilising the exterior of our building for a unique large-scale artwork for the first time. Götz’s signature style of bright, engaging colours, geometric patterns and bold large-scale works will allow visitors and residents to engage with the gallery in a new way this summer.’
The mural wraps all three external sides of the gallery in fifteen vibrant shades and Götz draws on the interesting architectural features of the building.
Lothar Götz said: ‘To paint the entire rendered wall space of Towner offers an amazing canvas, and to realise a painting of that scale in such a prominent public position of Eastbourne really is a kind of dream project for me. Visible from several prominent viewpoints of the town with a wide range of different audiences, the painting will conceptually sit somewhere between street art and minimalism/abstraction and therefore hopefully offer a range of diverse viewings and readings.’
Over 900L of Albany Smooth Masonry paint was supplied by Brewers in hand mixed shades to ensure the vibrancy of the design was brought to life. Albany, created by Brewers in 1920, has long been used for prestigious buildings in the town, known for its superior trade-quality and strong pigmentation.
Mark Brewer, Chairman of Brewers Decorator Centres comments ‘we are delighted with the striking result of the Brewers Towner Commission; it’s fantastic to see Lothar’s design come to life. 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 Arts Scene in Eastbourne – attracting a lot of interest from both visitors to the town and the local community’
Mark Brewer and Lothar Götz standing in front of Dance Diagonal #BrewersTownerCommission