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New piece of art unveiled to commemorate Alan Turing

The gay hero has been remembered in Milton Keynes, where he cracked the Enigma code...

A new piece of art recognising and celebrating WW2 codebreaker Alan Turing has found a home in Milton Keynes. The stunning mosaic created by Yorkshire artists Al Butt and Rita Gav, now takes pride pride of place in Watling Street close to where Turning cracked the German Enigma code.

Having cracked the code, Turning effectively saved tens of thousands of lives during WW2 and was recognised by Winston Churchill as being the man who had made the single biggest contribution to the victory against the war with Nazi Germany.

Prosecuted in 1952 for his homosexual activities, Turing was given a posthumous pardon by The Queen last December and apology from Gordon Brown for the appealing treatment he had received for being a homosexual male. Turing later died from cyanide poisoning and was recorded as having committed suicide.

The piece which has been described by Mayor Cllr Shafiq as being “a staggeringly beautiful work of art with a powerful message” intends to bring more recognition for the genius of Alan Turing whilst inspiring freedom and hope for those still stigmatised because of their sexuality.

Check our the mosaic in Watling Street, Fenny Stratford, in Milton Keynes.

Words Antonio Rastelli, @FuzzyPatchwork

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