Thursday, December 09, 2010

Turner Contemporary Stands Tall

I've been along the cliff top in a bitterly cold wind to take a photo of the Turner Contemporary free of  scaffolding and proudly dominating the Margate harbour arm with the world's largest wind farm showing behind it, as the gallery goes through the final touches in preparation for its opening in April of next year.

I'm looking forward to seeing what changes the opening of the Turner may bring with it and the impact this may have on Margate as the summer of 2011 progresses. At that time I should revisit this entry with the benefit of hindsight, given that we have local elections taking place May as well.

8 comments:

itmike said...

It’s a shame it’s painted in such a drab grey, it looks a bit like a warehouse. I'm sure Turner would have liked it in a softer design and with a more fitting colour scheme.
I think you only have to look at a Turner to see what I mean. I don’t think it will have the impact on Margate as much as some people think it will do. I feel the land on which it sits, the time taken to build it and the money involved could have well been used to better effect in Margate.
Mike

itmike said...

It’s a shame it’s painted in such a drab grey, it looks a bit like a warehouse. I'm sure Turner would have liked it in a softer design and with a more fitting colour scheme.
I think you only have to look at a Turner to see what I mean. I don’t think it will have the impact on Margate as much as some people think it will do. I feel the land on which it sits, the time taken to build it and the money involved could have well been used to better effect in Margate.
Mike

DrM. said...

Mike, the condition was that a gallery was built and there was NEVER any suggestion or provision for anything else!

We take the gallery and the funding that goes with or it's built elsewhere. End of story!

So we took the gallery!

Kiki said...

I think we're very lucky to have the gallery here - world-class art (hopefully) and iconic architecture. I'll be writing an big piece on it in the next Isle, so look out for it. Can't wait to take a peek inside.

Michael Child said...

Tis a pity it’s so ugly, the contrast with the Droit House is a bit unfortunate, I thought it was supposed to be coated with glass and glow.

Never mind I am sure it will win architectural prizes, once people have explained that it isn’t the water treatment plant.

Anonymous said...

anon again!
What a beautiful new Lifeboat House.

Anonymous said...

Art Gallery or Grain Store? I hope it changes the fortunes of Margate but I sadly think it will not!

Anonymous said...

I walk into margate from Westgate most mornings along the promenade, i for one have seen it change colour, blend in or indeed glow depending on the weather and atmospheric conditions, sometimes it looks like the 'white horses' on the horizon, i think its very clever, subtle if you will. Well done the skilled engineers who built it.