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John Hoskin's Resurgence was the winning entry in a 1967 competition to design a large-scale metal sculpture for Darlington's new Town Hall. Organised by the Lions Club, the project's purpose was to provide the town with a distinctive modern work of art to symbolise Darlington's recovery from the threat of industrial decline. It was also the commissioners' intention that the competition should provoke discussion about art in the locality, and promote art practice in the north of England. The sculpture is formed of two diagonal rectilinear sheets of steel, bolted to two horizontal sheets. These sheets of steel are supported by a central column of four blue-painted beams. In 2015 the Town Hall forecourt was remodelled to create space for space a 75 metre long lay-by with two bus stops and extra lighting.
stainless steel & paint
H 500 x W 600 x D 350 cm
commissioned by Darlington Lions Club, funded by public subscription and Arts Council
Darlington Borough Council
Darlington Borough Council
27th May 1970
at all times
incised in letters on stainless steel plaque on a low wall: “RESURGENCE” BY JOHN HOSKIN, PROVIDED / BY PUBLIC SUBSCRIPTION AND ERECTED BY / THE CIVIC PROJECT COMMITTEE SPONSORED / BY THE DARLINGTON LIONS CLUB / THIS PLAQUE WAS UNVEILED BY HER ROYAL / HIGHNESS THE PRINCESS ANNE TO MARK / THE HANDING OVER ON THE 27TH MAY 1970; there is a second plaque to the right of the Civic entrance to the Town Hall, incised in letters filled with black: In this area you can see: / Town Hall / The Town Hall was opened on 27 May 1970 by HRH / Princess Anne. It is a fine example of 1970s architecture. / ‘Resurgence’ Sculpture / The sculpture on the Town Hall forecourt is called ‘Resurgence”. / It was designed in 1970 by artist John Hoskin to represent / Darlington’s recovery after the closure of the railway industry on which the town formerly relied; bottom right of plaque, logo for the Darlington Heritage Trail