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Monster Chetwynd’s ‘Gorgon’s Head Playground’ To Be Unveiled at the 16th Istanbul Biennial

September 5, 2019 Whats On No Comments Email Email

Organised by the Istanbul Foundation for Culture and Art (İKSV) and sponsored by Koç Holding, the 16th Istanbul Biennial, opening on 14 September, will present the city a permanent work with the support of 2007-2026 Biennial Sponsor Koç Holding. The internationally acclaimed British artist, Monster Chetwynd, has been commissioned to create a permanent new sculptural children’s playground as a highlight of the programme of the 16th Istanbul Biennial.

Located in the city’s Maçka Sanat Park, one of Istanbul’s public green spaces, Monster Chetwynd’s Gorgon’s Head Playground is inspired by the heads of Medusa that were discovered in the city’s 6th-century Basilica Cistern. Monster Chetwynd will be in residence in Istanbul working with local craftspeople on the construction of the playground which displays the distinct features of the mythical creature, including slides that form a head of snakes and also pays tribute to the stray cats of Istanbul and the Gardens of Bomarzo in central Italy. Gorgon’s Head Playground, which is still in the process of installation in Istanbul, can be visited in Maçka Sanat Park from 10 September onwards.

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