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Philip Vaughan, Roger Dainton


Neon Tower

Hayward Gallery
In the evening offices are empty along a river. On top of one of these buildings Dainton Neon Tower by Philip Roger Vaughan is standing. This artwork is visible from afar. The colors bring merriment and take the uncanny feeling away, not only for the area immediately around the building but in a larger area.

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By Theo,
The Hayward Neon Tower sited atop the prominent elevator shaft on the South Bank’s Hayward Gallery has been a familiar landmark for Londoners since 1972. Designed by Philip Vaughan and with electronics engineered by Roger Dainton, it was commissioned by the Arts Council of Great Britain and the Greater London Council in 1970, following a search for public arts ideas to bring attention to the area. A model of the tower was originally of the Hayward Gallery’s Kinetics show curated by Professor Norbert Lynton. The yellow, blue, red, green and magenta which make up the tower are controlled by a dimming computer system which uses changes in wind strength, wind direction and other factors to ensure the work reflects it changing environment. After over 30 years, the technical systems of the tower are being renovated to return the sculpture to its intended form and kinetics.