Coastal Currents Arts Festival launched its new stunning commission in the ornately carved Dunbar Hall at Hastings Museum & Art Gallery to rapturous applause - Tod Hanson: GEO.
London based Tod has been artist-in-residence for Coastal Currents living and working on the bespoke piece for six weeks.
This enormous 9m x 9m installation is handpainted with Farrow & Ball, created off-site and transported in pieces like a jigsaw puzzle to the Durbar Hall where it was fitted seamlessly.
Tod commented: “Because the Durbar Hall also has a gallery where you can look down on the room and any work in it, it made me think of the idea of looking down on the world, because of the artefacts and style of the room.
“GEO stands for Geo Stationary Earth Orbit; I’m interested in space technology as well as antiquity, two ends of the things we make, of our passage through time as well as through the world.”
Art News said: “The Durbar Hall is striking in its recreation of Indian colonial interior architecture, with stained glass windows, dark filigree woodwork and flowered upholstery...Hanson has created the illusion of a vortex at the centre, exuberantly swirling out to the edges of the room in shades of blue and tan, creating a visual contrast with the static brownness of the hall.”
Tod Hanson: GEO continues until 4 October 2015, Hastings Museum & Art Gallery, www.coastalcurrents.org.uk