Art on show in Brighton & Hove and Sussex
18 Jan 2014. Brighton’s city council will help fund the i360 – a £38 million, high tech, 139-metre tower on the city’s beachfront – after the developers’ own funding fell through, according to a headline in the Brighton Argus newspaper.
The Argus report says the project is designed to regenerate the seafront, and “the plans for a viewing tower are back on the agenda with a new deal set to be presented to Brighton and Hove city councillors next month. However, it will come at a price with the taxpayer set to be saddled with a £36 million loan to ensure the sky-high dream becomes a reality.”
With a 200-capacity viewing platform that moves up a spike, the i360 promised to bring much needed investment into the area near the West Pier.
For more information including artists impressions, and fascinating readers’ comments tower, please visit the Argus website: i360 back on track (From The Argus)
We need iconic landmarks that the public can engage with to remain in the eye of the media and attract tourists and creative industries – but it would be great to invite local artists to contribute to schemes like this. Brighton lacks a substantial public art gallery. Chichester has Pallant House, Eastbourne has Towner, and Hastings has the Jerwood. Brighton has great private galleries and good but limited museums. Circus Street promises a hub for creative industries. But wouldn’t a world class contemporary gallery provide more scope for more people than a revolving restaurant? Lets review our options before making this major commitment. For more info on the Brighton and Sussex art scene, take a look at our blog https://sussexartbeat.wordpress.com/