The Turnpike: What I want more than anything else

A Public Art Project by Mark Titchner

The Turnpike, Leigh
Sat 10 June - Sun 31 December 2017

Window Vinyl; contra vision; 380cm x 760cm
The words “Always be happy” by Olivia Taberner set on a radiant fuchsia pink, patterned design will illuminate the windows of the grey, 1970s brutalist building. Incorporating the shapes of a sunburst, Olivia wishes she could always be happy and never have to worry about anything.

Olivia, 2017
Mural 1. 175cm x 337cm. Mural 2. 300cm x 240cm.
Two murals using the response, “Always be happy” by Olivia Taberner, painted by Mark Titchner and the young people (Olivia Taberner, Sophie Careing & Jasper Howard) will warmly welcome visitors to The Turnpike. Large white text, placed over a bright yellow background is adorned with orange, hand drawn clouds and wavy lines.

The mural, painted in two shades of blue is decorated with the Fountain of Mercurius from The Rosary of the Philosophers(published in 1550), which explores the fascinating world of alchemy that is associated with charlatans, opportunists and deluded chemists, and is often confused with magic and occultism.


Betty, 2017. 2 Videos (white & black). 8:16mins
“I want no more guns in the world” by Betty Loades (aged 13 from Hull) is on a continuous loop, designed to feel like auto-suggestive mind control.

Sally, 2017. Video. 2:57mins
A dreamlike film animates the text, “I want to go back to Mexico with my Mum and family from England to see my best friend, cousin and Mexican family again” by Sally Sanchez (aged 13 from Hull).

Read more about The Turnpike

What I want more than anything else by Mark Titchner is commissioned by FACT (Foundation for Art and Creative Technology), in partnership with Hull Culture & Leisure Library Service, Inspiring healthy lifestyles and Lancashire County Council.

Networked Narrative
is a four-year partnership project (2014-2017) made possible with the generous support of public funding from the National Lottery through Arts Council England’s Strategic Touring fund.

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