This black and white print of Manchester’s Canal Street features the famous rainbow pride flag as well as a nod to Alan Turing, Manchester’s adopted son and pioneer of modern computing, who has become a symbol of the city’s gay community.
Designed as part of a series of prints for the BBC One series Home Is Where the Art Is, this piece focuses on the famous Gay Village area of Manchester, representing the place where buyers Ben and Marc first met.
The Canal Street area first became associated with the gay community in the 1950's and is now a vibrant area of the city lined with gay bars, clubs, and restaurants. The village also hosts Manchester's Pride event which attracts huge numbers of people to the city every year.
The print also features Alan Turing, considered the founder of modern computing, who worked at the University of Manchester in the years following his work decoding Germany's Enigma machines during WW2. It is believed Turing committed suicide in 1954, two years after being convicted of gross indecency following a relationship with another man. As such Turing is also an icon of the gay community, with a memorial statue found in Sackville Park, adjacent to Canal Street and next to the University.
In February 2019, Turing was voted most the "iconic" figure of the 20th century as part of BBC Two's Icons: The Greatest Person Of The 20th Century.
This piece can stand alone or be combined with any of the Home Is Where the Art Is series to create a set of prints exploring Manchester’s rich history. See other prints in this series here.
Square Prints 8 x 8 inches. Available with or without frame. Our matt poster prints are created with high quality Canon pigment inks.
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Some variation in colour may occur between the screen and print.