German artist Lothar Götz has transformed the exterior walls of Towner Art Gallery in Eastbourne into a large-scale, colourful geometric mural.
Götz, who is based in the UK, was chosen from 60 artists and designers from an open call for The Brewers Towner Commission to create an artwork to mark the 10th anniversary of the gallery’s move from its original home in Eastbourne’s Old Town.
Drawing on its architecture, angles and unique exterior recesses and alcoves, Götz’s mural – his largest to date – envelops the length and width of three sides of the award-winning building. "To paint the entire rendered wall space of the gallery 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," says Götz.
"Visible from several prominent viewpoints of the town with a wide range of different audiences, the painting conceptually sits somewhere between street art and minimalism/abstraction and therefore hopefully offers a range of diverse viewings and readings."
Götz’s work – typically large-scale paintings, drawings and installations that respond to existing architectural structures – has included commissions for London's Southbank Centre and Leeds Art Gallery. This is his first major public commission on the south coast and the first time an artist has been commissioned to create an artwork for Towner’s exterior.
Founded in 1923 as an art gallery for the people of Eastbourne, Towner Art Gallery has been collecting and exhibiting contemporary art for the last hundred years. It moved to its current premises, designed by Rick Mather Architects, in 2009. It has just launched its summer programme, which you can discover more about via townereastbourne.org.uk.