Contents: Brown paper with pinpricks and text handwritten in pencil
Released into wild: 22/1/11 at 14.57
General Location: St Michael’s/Cotham, Bristol (I need a good map that shows where the boundaries for different areas are!)
Status: Still in place on 16/2/11 Missing on 28/4/11. If you’ve found this jar, please record it here.
These pinpricks took me ages!
My honey said a lovely thing about this jar:
It almost looks like a love note from Alan Turing to his boyfriend found buried in a wood somewhere.
This inspired me to add the words ‘I will not eat your poisoned apples’ in pencil. I am grateful to Cat Vincent for his input because the words really complete the jar for me.
The text can be read if you turn the jar in your hands but it’s not straightforward – how perfect for a jar about a gay mathematician and cryptographer whose life was so dominated by secrets.
Turing was one of the founders of computer science, so it’s doubly apt to honour him in this project because I consider this website an important part of the art. No doubt computers would have been invented without Turing’s work but they might have taken a very different turn.
P.S. If you don’t know who Alan Turing was, you can read his story here.