Do you remember Philip Vaughan’s Neon Tower? It was a 45-foot-tall sculpture on top of the Hayward Gallery that changed colour in accordance with the wind. After 36 years it was taken down in 2008 for renovation and has yet to re-emerge.
The Hayward Gallery say that the sculpture was only commissioned as a temporary feature and the current renovations included in the £120 million regeneration scheme do not allow for the sculpture that can’t be restored to its original glory.
The artist who was commissioned by the Arts Council to make the sculpture is not happy about the gallery’s plan to not reinstate the sculpture that was never described to him as temporary or feature it in its current ‘Light Show’. Boris Johnson, as well as artists Antony Gormley and Ron Arad and a number of other supporters, are campaigning to have the tower restored. So watch this space – maybe Philip Vaughan’s Neon Tower will once again be lighting up the Southbank.
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