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The Alan Turing statue, created in slate by Stephen Kettle in 2007, is located at Bletchley Park in England as part of an exhibition on Alan Turing.[1][2] It was commissioned by the American businessman and philanthropist Sidney Frank (1919–2006).[3]

Alan Turing statue
Alan Turing by Stephen Kettle 2007.jpg
View of the statue on exhibit at Bletchley Park
Alan Turing statue is located in Buckinghamshire
Alan Turing statue
Alan Turing statue
Location at Bletchley Park
ArtistStephen Kettle
Year2007 (2007)
TypeSculpture
MediumSlate
SubjectAlan Turing
LocationBletchley Park, Bletchley, near Milton Keynes, England
Coordinates51°59′51″N 0°44′28″W / 51.997435°N 0.741160°W / 51.997435; -0.741160Coordinates: 51°59′51″N 0°44′28″W / 51.997435°N 0.741160°W / 51.997435; -0.741160
OwnerBletchley Park Trust (commissioned by Sidney Frank)
Accession2007
Websitewww.stephenkettle.co.uk/turing.html

The slate for the sculpture was selected from North Wales because the sculptor learned that Turing used to holiday there as a child and adult.[1] The slate originated from Llechwedd, near Blaenau Ffestiniog. Turing is depicted seated and looking at a German Enigma machine. He is dressed in a jacket, but there is some deliberate untidiness in his clothing.

In 2007, it was commented that the statue acknowledges Turing as a codebreaker but not as a gay icon.[4] The statue became part of a new exhibition at Bletchley Park on Alan Turing in 2012, the centenary year of Turing's birth.[5] Sir John Dermot Turing, nephew of Alan Turing, attended the opening of the exhibition and posed with the statue.[6]

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  1. ^ a b Kettle, Stephen. "Alan Turing". www.stephenkettle.co.uk. UK. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  2. ^ Greenish, Simon. Bowen, Jonathan, Copeland, Jack, Chapter 19, Turing's monument, page 196. In Copeland, B. Jack; Bowen, Jonathan P.; Wilson, Robin; Sprevak, Mark (2017). The Turing Guide. Oxford University Press. ISBN 978-0198747826.
  3. ^ "SP8634: Alan Turing Statue at Bletchley Park". UK: Geograph. Retrieved 3 September 2018.
  4. ^ Smith, Richard (19 June 2007). "The enigma of Alan Turing". Art & design blog. The Guardian. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  5. ^ Parnell, Brid-Aine (6 March 2012). "Bletchley Park gets personal with new Alan Turing exhibition". Science. UK: The Register. Retrieved 20 August 2018.
  6. ^ "Alan Turing exhibition opens at Bletchley Park". BBC News. UK: BBC. 7 March 2007. Retrieved 20 August 2018.

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