The Turnpike: What I want more than anything else

A Public Art Project by Mark Titchner

The Turnpike, Leigh
June 2017 - March 2018

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.

One mural has large white text, placed over a bright yellow background adorned with orange, hand drawn clouds and wavy lines. While the other is 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.

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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) initiated by FACT and 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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