Lyric shines

lyric neonThe Lyric Hammersmith has added an exterior glow to its glowing reviews, with a new neon sculpture on its facade.

As part of their major development project, the theatre commissioned new work from contemporary artists David Batchelor and Richard Wentworth. Most notable of these is the gleaming eight-metre-tall neon sign on the building’s exterior created by Mr Batchelor, called ‘19-20-21’.

The colourful work is a play on the forms of the theatre’s motif.

“I have always been fascinated by the unique architectural form of the Lyric Theatre in which a largely functional 20th century shell contains a sumptuously ornate 19th century interior.

“I was delighted to be asked to make a work that responds to this relationship by taking and adapting an element from the interior and locating it on the refurbished exterior of the theatre.”

It is hoped the work will become a landmark piece of public art for Hammersmith town centre.

Mr Wentworth, who is a leader in the British sculpture movement since the 1970s has produced a series of signs that will be placed in specific locations that might otherwise go unnoticed and reflect the building’s relationship with the busy town centre.

Jessica Hepburn, Executive Director of the Lyric Hammersmith, said: “I’m really excited about the artwork and I am confident it will delight and entertain our audiences and local residents. Maybe they will also generate a bit of heated discussion which is, after all, what great art should do!”

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