Istanbul, Turkey
SALON - Alper Derinbogaz
Art Project
Andreas Fogarasi
Construction Supervision
Construction Supervision
The British Council

Panorama is a piece of public art that criticizes the lack of public space, and the confused function of the few open/green spaces in Istanbul.


It is planned to move the installation within Istanbul every 3 months as follows: Kadıköy, Beşiktaş, Levent, Eminönü. Therefore, the structure had to be built in such a manner as to be easily transportable, as it was going to visit key public spaces in Istanbul. To make it portable, and to give it an “architectural fairground” quality, Panorama was designed to include smaller parts that could be assembled at will. The contrast between the mobile steel construction and architectural elements like the marble casings and steps highlighted the main idea of the work. The white hoop hanging “illogically” presents an attractive element that invites the viewer to the platform. To be left alone with this white hoop evokes a contradictory state in the backdrop of the beautiful panorama of the Moda coast.

Panorama may not be functional or easily grasped, but it presents a happy surprise for everyone who encounters it. The confusion about its functionality enables visitors or accidental guests to establish a complex relationship with the work. Perhaps when the viewer spends enough time, he/she becomes part of the installation, and realizes that he/she is actually participating critically in this attitude that approaches the lustful commodification of views in Istanbul.

Istanbul City Museum
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