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“Cevher Çınarı” (Ore Plane Tree) by Erdemir Mining, the main sponsor of Divriği Glass Observation Terrace, to the project field

Drawing attention with the historical monuments and natural beauties of Sivas, Turkey’s largest glass observation terrace was opened to visit on August 7 in the Divriği district. Erdemir Mining, contributing to the project as the main sponsor for the construction of the Divriği Glass Observation Terrace and Picnic Area, presented the “Cevher Çınarı” (Ore Plane Tree) sculpture, which is 2.5 meters high and pointing out three different symbols, as a relic to the project area.

Erdemir Mining, Turkey's first and only iron ore pelleting facility, continues to contribute to the social and cultural activities in Sivas Divriği, where the company operates since its foundation. Erdemir Mining, the main sponsor of the Divriği Glass Observation Terrace and Picnic Area project, offering the visitors a view of the Divriği Ulu Mosque, listed as a UNESCO World Heritage Site, as well as the Çaltı Canyon, the Divriği Fortress and the city center, not only contributed to the project but also had the “Cevher Çınarı” (Ore Plane Tree) sculpture designed and installed in the project area as a relic. Erdemir Mining thus made another cultural contribution to the Glass Observation Terrace with the “Cevher Çınarı” (Ore Plane Tree) sculpture.

Erdemir Mining’s “Cevher Çınarı” (Ore Plane Tree) sculpture contains three different symbols

Designed and manufactured by Professor Bülent Çınar, Head of Sculpture Department at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, the sculpture became the symbol of Erdemir Mining, celebrating its 83rd anniversary this year, on the Divriği Glass Observation Terrace. The sculpture uses three different symbols: the Plane Tree, the Double Headed Eagle, and the Tree of Life. The sculpture is designed in a way to see different symbols through different angles. The sculpture was manufactured to stand by interlocking two axial structures made from the laser cutting of 2-mm-thick ST37 building steel. The roots of the sculpture included iron ore and pellets produced in Erdemir Mining.

The first symbol of the “Cevher Çınarı” (Ore Plane Tree) sculpture is the Double-Headed Eagle, which is located on the western gate of the Divriği Ulu Mosque and is used as an important symbol in Anatolian civilizations. Single-headed and double-headed eagles stood as the most remarkable parts of the buildings and exemplified the force and power of the Seljuks.

Another symbol of design is the “Tree of Life” symbol, which was frequently used in works from the Anatolian Seljuk era. It has a three-slice root with pomegranate flowers on the tips. These are followed by leaves with bird figures attached to the tips. On the top of the design, there is an eagle figure clinging to the branches with its legs. The birds on the Tree of Life represents peace, while the pomegranate flowers represent growth and reproduction.

The main design of the sculpture work is “Plane Tree”. Plane Tree means strong, long-lasting, durable, and almighty. The Plane Tree was highlighted when designing the sculpture, as the region where Erdemir Mining was founded has an important location that has been home to Anatolian civilizations, Divriği has a deep-rooted history dating back to the founding years of the Republic of Turkey, and its steel production and economy have a significant contribution to the country’s ore supply. Also referring to the slogan “We are rooted like plane tree and strong as steel”, the “Cevher Çınarı” (Ore Plane Tree) sculpture will be open to everyone to visit at the recreational area of the Divriği Glass Observation Terrace.