Akdeniz (sculpture)

Akdeniz (1980) is a monumental sculpture by Turkish sculptor İlhan Koman, originally erected at Büyükdere Avenue in Levent, Istanbul, in 1980.[1] It is currently located at the Yapı Kredi Culture Center on İstiklal Avenue.

Akdeniz
The Mediterranean
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Akdeniz by İlhan Koman
Artistİlhan Koman
Year1980; 41 years ago (1980)
MediumSheet metal
Weight4.5 tonnes
LocationIstanbul, Turkey
OwnerYapı Kredi
Akdeniz by İlhan Koman, at the Yapı Kredi Culture Centre on İstiklal Avenue, its current location.

One of Istanbul's most well-known sculptures,[2][3] it is a figure of a woman with open arms formed out of 112 equally spaced 12 mm (0.47 in)-thick sheet metal strips.[2][4]

When the sculptor attempted to explain the feeling of a human hug, he thought of the Mediterranean Sea, which he said was the reason behind the name Akdeniz, the Turkish name of the Mediterranean.[2] The sculpture's design, which is based on a paper cutting and folding technique, weighs 4.5 tonnes.[4] In 1981, the sculpture earned İlhan Koman the Sedat Simavi Foundation Visual Arts Award.[5]

The sculpture, which was requested by the insurance company Halk Sigorta (later renamed as Yapı Kredi Sigorta), was initially erected in front of the company's headquarters on Büyükdere Avenue in Levent. In 2005, the sculpture was temporarily moved to Galatasaray Square for İlhan Koman's exhibition; and some time later, with Halk Sigorta transferring to Yapı Kredi Sigorta, was placed in front of the Yapı Kredi Bank Headquarters in Levent.[2] People protesting Israel's invasion of the Gaza Strip during the 2014 Israel–Gaza conflict ravaged the sculpture, which was situated next to the Israeli Consulate in Levent, Istanbul.[3][6] After these events, the residents of Edirne started a petition to bring the sculpture to their city; while Antalya's Muratpaşa district also wanted to house the sculpture in their district.[7] The sculpture was restored and moved to the Yapı Kredi Culture Centre building on İstiklal Avenue in 2017.[1][8]

ReferencesEdit

  1. ^ a b "Akdeniz Heykeli Bir Kez Daha Taşınıyor". Sanatatak.com. 8 September 2017. Archived from the original on 10 September 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  2. ^ a b c d Bayhan, Bahar (18 July 2014). "Akdeniz Heykeli Protestoya Kurban Gitti". Arkitera.com. Archived from the original on 10 September 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  3. ^ a b "Akdeniz Heykeli'nin İsrail'le ne alakası var?". Diken.com.tr. 18 July 2014. Archived from the original on 10 September 2017. Retrieved 10 September 2017.
  4. ^ a b Hano, Bilal (2015). "XX. Yüzyıl Heykel Sanatında Figüratif Soyutlama". Erzurum: Atatürk Üniversitesi Sosyal Bilimler Enstitütüsü yüksek lisans tezi.
  5. ^ "Akdeniz Heykeli'nin Üzücü Hikayesi". Gercekgundem.com. 20 July 2014. Archived from the original on 10 September 2017.
  6. ^ Kalafat, Haluk (2017-09-19). "Akdeniz Heykeli Denizden Uzakta ama En Azından Güvende" (in Turkish). Bianet. Retrieved 2018-04-27.
  7. ^ "İsrail protestosunda kolu kırılan Akdeniz Heykeli'ne talip çok!". Diken.com.tr. 24 July 2014. Archived from the original on 10 September 2017.
  8. ^ "Yapı Kredi Culture Centre: About Us". Retrieved 28 April 2020.