The Twentieth Century Society

Campaigning for outstanding buildings

C20 trip organisers’ nightmare vision?


No it’s not our members stuck up there!– it’s the maquete for Richard Wilson’s commission at the Bexhill Pavillion (itself commissioned in 1935 by the 9th Earl De La Warr and designed by architects Erich Mendelsohn and Serge Chermayeff) if you’ve never been it’s wonderful–we helped stop it become a Wetherspoons’ pub.

TheĀ coach is a sculptureĀ called “Hang On A Minute Lads, I’ve Got A Great Idea…” and references the final scene of the film The Italian Job. I like the fact that it links the rooftop of a second C20 building that C20 Society has been involved with to an iconic Michael Caine film. Sadly the first one, the “Get Carter Car Park” in Gateshead was demolished in 2010 (Brutalist design by Rodney Gordon when he worked for the Owen Luder Partnership, opened in 1967, staring role in the film 1971).

Sad that Richard Wilson’s coach now can’t go on tour there…!



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