Tribute to Alan Turing

Donna StJohn's avatar Donna StJohn

Turing laid the foundation for the modern computer. During WWII, Turing played a pivotal role in cracking intercepted coded messages enabling the Allies to defeat the Nazis. It has been estimated that this work shortened the war in Europe by as many as four years, thus saving countless human lives. Despite this great accomplishment he was arrested and forced to undergo chemical castration, all for trying to live an honest life in a nation that deemed homosexuality as a crime. He died in 1954 from a cyanide suicide poisoning.This piece was created as a tribute to Turing and his extraordinary mind of numbers and coding. Although he was never officially diagnosed as being autistic, he had many characteristics of that disability. It was through numbers that he was able to shorten WWII; it is through numbers that we are able to see one aspect of his genius. It is also through numbers that we are asked to consider the value of honoring people for who they are and not whom they love.

Entry Details
  • Art form: 3-D
  • Depth: 30 inches
  • Medium: Mixed
  • Width: 40 inches
  • Year created: 2015
  • Height: 60 inches