Metin Yurdanur

Metin Yurdanur
Born 1952 (age 6364)
Sivrihisar, Eskişehir Province, Turkey
Nationality Turkish
Known for Sculpture
Awards State Artist of Turkey

Metin Yurdanur (born 1951) is a Turkish sculptor, who was awarded the title State Artist of Turkey.

Early years

Yurdanur was born in 1951 in Sivrihisar town of Eskişehir Province in Turkey. He spent his childhood until high school in his hometown, in a region, where remains of the Phrygian civilization were enriched by the art of Byzantine, Seljuk and Ottoman. He was impressed by antique works of art, especially by the three-millennium old Phrygian reliefs, that inspired him for plastic arts.[1]

After finishing the high school, he enrolled as a boarding student in the Department of Arts at Gazi Institute of Education (Turkish: Gazi Eğitim Enstitüsü) in Ankara, what is today the Faculty of Vocational Education at Gazi University. He was educated in arts and graduated in 1972 as a high school teacher for arts.[1]

He was soon appointed in Isparta, where he made in 1973 a monument of Mustafa Kemal Atatürk in commemoration of the 50th anniversary of the foundation of the Republic. He then served as drawing teacher at a high school in Mihalıççık town in Eskişehir Province. In 1978, he was appointed as teacher for sculpture in his alma mater.[1]

During his time in Ankara, he created upon request of the city administration in 1979 mockups, which later were realized in Ankara as sculptures like "Eller" (The Hands) in Abdi İpekçi Park,"Nasreddin Hoca Riding the Hittite Lion Backwards" at Railroad Station Square, "Dayanışma" (Solidarity) in Batıkent and "Balerinler" (The Ballet Dancers) in Kavaklıdere.[1][2][3]

Sculptor career

Statue of Nasrediin Hoca riding Hittite lion backwards by Metin Yurdanur in Ankara.

In 1981, he left his teacher's profession and opened his own workshop 1985 in OSTIM Industrial Zone,[2] Ankara. His first work was the sculpture of "Nasreddin Hoca shows the Center of the World" in his hometown.[1]

Metin Yurdanur became an expert in casting statues using conventional techniques selecting his subjects from recent history.[2] Many monuments, statues and reliefs of Yuranur are found throughout Turkey, mostly in Ankara. He has also works in severalcountries around the world like Germany, Hungary, Libya, Japan, Mongolia and Cuba.

In 2005, he opened his first individual open-air monument and statue exhibition in Ankara called I am Anatolia, I am the Republic, I am the People. At the exhibition, the polyester mockups of his larger-than-life statues and busts of people from Turkey's history such as Atatürk, İsmet İnönü, Abidin Dino, Karacaoğlan, Yaşar Kemal, Şerife Bacı, Muzaffer Sarısözen and other.[2]

Metin Yurdakul was awarded the title State Artist of Turkey in 1998.[4]


in Turkey


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  5. "İnsan hakları anıtı yeniden". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2010-12-11. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
  6. 1 2 "Atatürk büstü Havana sokaklarında". Radikal (in Turkish). 2008-08-02. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
  7. Karikó, Sándor & Tibor Szabó (December 6–8, 2009). Ferrari, Angelo, ed. "A Hungarian-Turkish Cultural Heritage: Scandal and Reconciliation". PROCEEDINGS 4th International Congress on “Science and Technology for the Safeguard of Cultural Heritage in the Mediterranean Basin”. Cairo, Egypt. 1: 18. Retrieved 2013-08-26.
  8. "Ertuğrul şehitleri Japonya'da anıldı". Hürriyet (in Turkish). 2010-06-03. Retrieved 2013-08-28.
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