The Original Tour
After 20 days of the cruise tour, the next destination is Istanbul, a city straddling both Europe and Asia. The tourists are going to have a daily heritage sightseeing tour in the city. The tour is designed by sampling heritage sites in other cities of Turkey and mixing with the existing ones in Istanbul, utilising technique of 3D scanning and CNC milling. It is made for image making, but the gravity of the object also sits on the interaction with the city. This project also question the importance of authenticity in terms of architecture.
Giant cruises arrive at Galata Port everyday and pour thousands of tourists into the city. The tourists are from different places all over the world, making Istanbul a confluence of exchanging culture.
Tourists from the cruises generally stay one or two days in the city, and go to see certain attractions with package tours.
Tourists have their own costume and tools. They take photos everywhere and are fascinated to see the so-called exotic culture. To satisfy the activities of image making, the local people try to make images for the tourists with traditional costume, souvenir and even the decoration of restaurants.
Strange images occurred during the image making process, for example, located next to the Galata Bridge, the local capped fish sandwich restaurant boats with mosque dome to represent their culture and attract tourists. Various of Turkish elements were mixed with feature of globalisation and applied to the sandwich shops.
The original buildings are 3D scanned to get digital models. Utilising CNC milling, the shape can be achieved. After coating and painting, the replicas look almost the same with the original ones.
Left: Green Mosque - Minaret Through Narrow Street
Green Mosque is located in Iznik, as one of the earliest examples of Ottoman Architecture. The single minaret is decorated with coloured tiles. It is the minaret that gives the mosque its name. The replica takes only this tower and frames it with a narrow street in Istanbul. Since it is quite high in the original mosque, the minaret is also attached to an existing building, which makes the tourists cannot see it closely.
Right: Anitkabir - Vista Through Facade of Anitkabir
Anitkabir is the tomb of the first president of Turkey. Even though there is the Road of Lions and Ceremonial Plaza around the Hall of Honor, most tourists only take photos in front of the Hall. The replica takes only the facade and the stairs from the original building. It is also double-sided, so the tourists on ships can also see the facade. To fit the landscape, the building is slightly twisted. And through this construction, tourists will have the view of the skyline in the background.
Left: Koza Han - Same View with the Original Han at the Entrance
Right: Archaeology Museum - City View Framed by Portico of Archaeology Museum
Both Koza Han and Archaeology Museum are located in Bursa. As an ancient silk market on the end of the Silk Road, Koza Han is featured as the grand entrance and the quiet interior. Tourists will have the same image in front of the replicated entrance, with only the inside wall around them when they have Turkish tea. There is the five-domed portico of Archaeology Museum in the centre of Koza Han, supported with steel stairs. Tourists will have a view of the city framed by the portico.
In 2020, tourists will be more tolerant with buildings of sampling. They will take photos with these structures and take back home to share their experience and images with their family and friends.
If tourists would like to bring any souvenir home to keep the memory of the tour, we have different set of items, including tissue holders, jewelry, tea trays, coasters, key rings, bookmarks, postcards, and ash trays.