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The newly opened Taksim-Kabataş funicular line, also leaves its mark in the area of Turkish contemporary art. Painter Yücel Dönmez’ 12 m2 transportable painting entitled, Millennium Tuğra [the name given to the Sultan’s personalised signature], and 7 m2 painting under a sheet of glass are on display at the station.
Transportable contemporary art work has been displayed in a public space for the first time in Turkey. Alongside painter Yücel Dönmez’ 12 square metre-large acrylic painting on metal, are a 7 square metre contemporary painting under glass, and a 6 square metre dijital image, all shown in the Taksim-Kabataş funicular station in Taksim. The artist has also transformed a winch measuring 4.5 metres in diameter and forming the pulley system for the funicular wagon, into a brightly coloured kinetic work of art. Encased in a special glass box, this giant cog is the first time a functioning motor has been turned into a working piece of art.

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