Thursday, 29 May 2008

The Apple and the Mathematician

Paul Harfleet will be creating new works for Ruinous Recollections. Paul is perhaps best known for his internationally-renowned Pansy Project, which documents instances of homophobic abuse by the planting of pansies at the site. For RR, Paul will be exploring the life and death of Alan Turing in Manchester. The founder of modern computing worked in the city after WW2 before committing suicide with a cyanide-laced apple. Using the statue of Turing in Sackville Park as a starting point, Paul aims to explore the symbolism of the apple, and map different myths of gay Manchester in the 1950s and today. Here is an example of the Pansy Project, plus an example of Paul's initial sketches for the project.

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