Winners of the 6th Steel and Life Sculpture Competition organized by Erdemir, Turkey’s first and largest flat steel manufacturer in cooperation with the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, have been announced. 24 works received awards at the competition, which attracted a lot of attention despite the pandemic and was attended by undergraduate and graduate students from the university’s sculpture department.
Ozan Dursun took the first place in the "Sustainability" themed competition, while Gülfidan Soyuğur ranked second and Ömer Kasımoğlu came third. The 6th Erdemir Steel and Life Sculpture Competition Exhibition will be open for a visit between September 2-8 at the Tophane-i Amire Culture and Art Center.
Erdemir, one of OYAK’s Mining Metallurgy companies, introduces steel, which plays an essential role in the construction and maintenance of a safer, more comfortable and quality life, to art for the sixth time. The 35 works that made it to the finals of the Steel and Life Sculpture Competition organized by Erdemir in cooperation with the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University were presented to art lovers at the opening and award ceremony held at the Tophane-i Amire Culture and Art Center.
35 works were exhibited and 24 works were awarded
This year, 73 contestants from nine universities having undergraduate and postgraduate education in the sculpture department of the universities applied to the competition with 97 works. 51 works were passed or the first stage at the 6th Steel and Life Sculpture Competition. During the final evaluation, 24 works were deemed worthy of an award and 11 works were deemed worthy of the exhibition by the Selection Committee.
Ozan Dursun, a student at Marmara University Faculty of Fine Arts, won first prize for his work “Exc” in the “Sustainability” themed competition.
Gülfidan Soyuğur, a student at the Anadolu University Faculty of Fine Arts, ranked second place with her work “İleri” piece, while Ömer Kasımoğlu, a student at Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University, ranked third with his work “Rigor Mortis”.
Aybike Keskin, Büşra Kara, Emrullah Örünklü, Büşra Körmük and Muzaffer Tuncer received honorable mention award; Berke Uysal, İpek Yücesoy, Nisa Karaca, Özcan Karabulut, Sevdiye Cerrahoğlu, Okan Ünal, Bahar Posta, Burcu Özçelik received “Special Jury Award”; and Saltık Doğa Özsar, Pelin Bulu Yılmaz, Sıtkı Eryılmaz, Cemil Olgun Can, Ergün Arslan, Elifnur Aydın, Eda Altınsoy and Ufuk Aydın received the “Erdemir Special Award”.
In order to support art education, and to encourage and support young talent in sculpture, Erdemir presented TRY 15,000 to the winner, TRY 10,000 to the runner-up and TRY 7,500 to the third, TRY 4,000 to each honorable mention, and TRY 3,000 to each winner of the “Jury Special Award” and “Erdemir Special Award”.
The competition exhibition is open for visits for free of charge until September 8
The Steel and Life Sculpture Competition has been organized every two years in the past, in cooperation with the Mimar Sinan Fine Arts University. It is planned to be organized every year starting this year with the keen interest and desire of the students. The exhibition is on display in the Single Dome Hall at the MSFAU Tophane-i Amire Culture and Arts Center until September 8 for free of charge.