Photocopies, glue, light, sound
Installed at Goldsmiths College, this structure was created from university administrative documents. Four thousand cubes were made by students and staff. A sound recording inside the structure featured the soft voices of students chatting and folding paper
Financial Times Tower
Financial Times Tower - Newspaper, glue, mirrors - 14x3ft - 2002
A fourteen foot tower, from floor to ceiling, is made entirely from the Financial Times newspaper. Circular mirrors installed at the base and ceiling of the structure mean that viewers standing inside lose all sense of an outside world, surrounded instead by an endlessly spiraling world of corporate finance.
Peckham Library Project
Peckham Library Project - Paper, glue, felt tip - 9x10ft (variable) - 2003
Five thousand paper cubes were made by
over twenty local communities and installed
in the Library during Refugee Week. Classic
texts from the library in various languages
were used to build the fantasy castle, as
well as thoughts, opinions, drawings,
sayings and stories from a vast range of
contributors. The structure stood for
several weeks as a celebration of
imagination and a reminder of the power and
diversity of language.
Story Abacus - Paper, wood and thread - 80x25x70cm - 2006
Stemming from Levi-Strauss’s theory on the basic similarities between all cultures’ stories, all of which can be interpreted on the same grid of family/power/good/evil/jealousy/rivalry/fear/love etc, Thurle’s story abacus playfully mixes archetypal phrases from politics, religion, fairy tales and academia. Each side of each block is carefully stitched in red thread. Viewers can turn the blocks to choose from multiple variations of a ‘tale’ of their own making.
Triptych Confectionary - Printer paper and found images - 3 x 1.5m (variable) - 2007
Images are from an A-Z encyclopaedia of every known prescription drug. The piece was originally made as an installation for a pharmacy window during Artevisa, an annual international art exhibition in France.
Weekend newspaper magazines
Two interlocking forms in a shop on Islington High Street in London; viewers could step into the structures and whisper to each other through the gaps.