Gordon Young is an artist from Carlisle, now based in Somerset. He specialises in public art, often including typographical elements.

Gordon has a collaborative approach to working and has built up strong relationships over the years strong with a variety of people from architects, landscape architects, graphic designers and engineers to foresters, cyclists, librarians, climbers, ornithologists, historians and code breakers.

Most of Gordon’s artwork is text based as he understands the power and magic potential in words.

Gordan’s proposal for the artwork is to create a unique and engaging piece of artwork to praise this English icon and her home town for the community and beyond to enjoy.

He believes Agatha Christie recurringly achieved wonderful literary works through talent of the highest order, creating mysterious and magical puzzles through her writing.

As Gordon says, “Agatha Christie is worthy of a marker in a place vital to her story, her hometown. A rare creative genius who didn’t patronise nor compromise quality in her work to achieve a well earnt place in popular culture”. It is for such reasons that Gordan finds this is an exceptional project he would like to be involved with, a very special person and talent in a place that makes total sense.

For the concept design, Gordon cannot say ‘I haven’t a clue’ - there is a trail of rich clues, a corridor of clues, left by her beyond the Who? Why? When? Where? Which? for an artist to incorporate too.

In this video, Gordon talks about his idea for the tribute which will be installed on Torquay’s harbourside.

Each artist has submitted a supporting statement for their artwork proposal.