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David Batchelor: Sixty Minute Spectrum

David Batchelor’s Sixty Minute Spectrum (2017) is a new commission that transforms the newly restored Hayward Gallery roof into a chromatic clock.

Flooded with dramatic colour, the gallery’s unique pyramid rooflights move gradually through the entire visible chromatic spectrum every 60 minutes. Starting and ending the hour as a vivid red, they appear at different points throughout their cycle in orange, yellow, green, blue, purple or pink, and all the colours in between.

Sixty Minute Spectrum (2017) is part of Batchelor’s ongoing exploration of the intense, synthetic colour that characterises modern cities, and the ways in which we respond to colour in our advanced technological age.

Celebrating and illuminating the iconic architecture of Hayward Gallery, this ambitious commission also provides a countdown to the reopening of the building in January 2018.

David Batchelor (born 1955, Dundee) is an artist and writer based in London whose large-scale light works have transformed public spaces in the UK and beyond. In the winter of 2006, Batchelor used building equipment from renovations taking place at Southbank Centre’s Royal Festival Hall to create a vivid, multicoloured display of Christmas lights.

Recent exhibitions include Psychogeometry, Matt's Gallery, London (2017); Chromatology, AB-ANBAR, Tehran (2017); Monochrome Archive 1997–2015, Whitechapel Gallery, London (2015); Concretos, New Art Centre, Salisbury (2014); Flatlands, Spike Island, Bristol and The Fruitmarket Gallery, Edinburgh (2013); and Colour Chart, Museum of Modern Art, New York (2008) and Tate Liverpool (2009).

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Dates & Times
22 Nov 2017 – 25 Mar 2018