Akdeniz (1980) is a monumental sculpture by Turkish sculptor İlhan Koman. It is currently located at the Yapı Kredi Culture Center, having been moved from another location where it had been installed in 1980.

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. The sculptor said when trying to explain the feeling of a human hug, he thought of the Mediterranean Sea, the meaning of 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.

The sculpture was commissioned by an insurance company and originally stood outside their headquarters. In 2005, it was temporarily moved for an exhibition; and sometime later, was placed in front of the Yapı Kredi Bank Headquarters. 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. The sculpture was restored and moved to the Culture Centre building  in 2017

Share This