Ottoman architecture of ancient capital Bursa revived on airplane sheets

Members of the Bursa Advanced Technical School for Girls use art to revive historic and iconic architectural works of the northwestern province of Bursa, a former capital of the Ottoman Empire, on leaves of plane trees.

A trainer paints an airplane foil at the Bursa Advanced Technical School for Girls in Bursa, northwestern Turkey on December 23, 2021 (AA Photo)

The institute launched a project to paint the architectural structures of Bursa on plane tree leaves in order to preserve the cultural values ​​of the city. After being carefully collected and selected by five master trainers and teachers at the institute in October, the plane tree leaves are left to dry between the pages of books for months. After the leaves are well dried, the members of the institute transform them into works of art representing the cultural heritage of the former Ottoman capital in watercolor. They then offer their bewitching works for sale.

Speaking to the Anadolu agency (AA), design chief Ebru Önder said the plane tree represents “life”. Önder said: “It is a tree that represents Bursa, and it is also a symbol of the Ottoman Empire. We wanted to unite the plane tree leaves with the cultural values ​​of Bursa. Then we collected the plane tree leaves and started to depict Bursa figures on them. “


Plane leaves depict architectural landmarks in Bursa, northwestern Turkey, on December 23, 2021. (AA Photo)
Plane leaves depict architectural landmarks in Bursa, northwestern Turkey, on December 23, 2021. (AA Photo)

According to Önder, they first experimented with leaves by drawing patterns, and then focused on the representation of architectural works. Among their works are depictions of the many historical monuments of Bursa that have survived to this day, including the Grand Mosque, Yeşil Cami (Green Mosque), Muradiye Complex, Tophane Clock Tower, Irgandı Bridge and Yıldırım Complex. Bayezid.


Plane leaves depict architectural landmarks in Bursa, northwestern Turkey, on December 23, 2021. (AA Photo)
Plane leaves depict architectural landmarks in Bursa, northwestern Turkey, on December 23, 2021. (AA Photo)

Nilüfer Karakoç, the director of the institute, also said that Bursa is one of the centuries-old witnesses of a rich cultural heritage. Explaining that there is a different cultural richness in every corner of Bursa, Karakoç said: “We are working to transfer our culture and traditions to future generations. While doing these jobs, we must perform jobs that will appeal to all tastes and age groups. to reach a wider audience. There is incredible interest in our works of art on the leaves. They have received the attention they deserve. People buy products for themselves and give them as gifts to visitors to Bursa. “

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