Image of King's College Chapel from across the Backs
King's College Chapel from across the Backs © Historic England Archive
King's College Chapel from across the Backs © Historic England Archive

Proposed Turing Sculpture at King's College, Cambridge

A Historic England spokesperson said:

“King’s College is Cambridge’s most famous college, known throughout the world for its striking collection of historic buildings within a sweeping landscape, which is a much-loved view in the city.


“We have been in discussions with King’s for over a year about a proposal for a sculpture of Alan Turing at the college, where he was a Fellow. Turing’s outstanding contribution to many fields, but most importantly maths and computer science, helped to shape our society. We recognise that a public commemoration of him and his work could enhance the college, particularly as it would be designed by renowned contemporary sculptor, Sir Antony Gormley.


“However, we are concerned that the current design for a tall, prominent sculpture at the heart of this highly sensitive site would harm its special character and encroach into some of Cambridge’s most iconic views. We have been advising how the proposal could be adapted to lessen the sculpture’s impact on its unique historic surroundings.


“It is for Cambridge City Council, as the decision maker in the planning process, to make the final decision on the application.”

1st May 2020

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