About the Art Installations
- Electro-Rainbow, Crossrail Place
In Crossrail Place you will find Electro-Rainbow, a site-specific piece which responds to the giant glass panels that make up the walls surface. The installation takes inspiration from the Progress Pride Rainbow Flag, incorporating them and adapting the stripes into a shifting rainbow of coloured triangles within the square panels. The artist also sees the work akin to the floor of a disco or club, with the patterns and colours dancing across the surface like rays of light on a dancefloor. This provides an echo of the importance of club culture in the development of LGBTQ+ identities.
- Jump, Reuters Plaza Steps
Jump celebrates movement, responding both to the curving rise of the steps and to the idea of the progression and achievements of gay rights in the context of the LGBTQ+ Pride in London festival. It also represents the jumps that LGBTQ+ people still have to make in their own lives – of coming out or of jumping over the ongoing hurdles of recognition, equality and acceptance in many environments and social situations.
The artist sees the sets of steps like two grand stairs leading up to a ballroom – like the stairs on which Cinderella ran down from the ball and on which she lost her glass slipper, with the coloured shapes akin to the pattern on a technicolour version of a red carpet.
The staircase is divided into three faceted coloured lozenges or triangles arranged into squares, the colours coming from the Progress Pride Rainbow flag. Götz imagines the work as a technicolour version of a red carpet, laid out as an upbeat celebration of all the progress made in LGBTQ+ rights – and almost like the colours on a disco dance floor.
The triangular, lozenged pattern also picks up on the forms of the surrounding architecture, visible as you ascend the steps: from the triangular rooftop of One Canada Square, designed by architect César Pelli to the the criss-cross filigree façade of the more recent Newfoundland residential tower designed by Horden Cherry Lee Architects.
About the artists
- Lothar Götz – Lothar is a German, gay artist who works and lives in London and Berlin. He studied at the Royal College of London where he has a master’s in Painting and a bachelors from Fachhochschule Aachen in Visual Communication. His talent has led him to have work exhibited at Holden Gallery in Manchester Metropolitan University, Leeds City Art Gallery and Sunken Gallery in Belfast.
- Fox Fisher – Fox is a pansexual award-winning graphics designer, author, and filmmaker. He has been teaching and making art for over ten years, focusing on political purposes to educate on LGBTQIA+ rights. They founded My Genderation, a film project which has created 100 films, through celebrating intersectional trans lives and experiences.
- Lewis Hancox – Lewis is a comedy writer and actor. He creates digital comedy sketches, in which he plays a variety of characters. In June, he is going to release a graphic memoir called Welcome to St Hell: My trans teen misadventure, about growing up as a transgender teenager and how he got to where he is today.
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