Turkey's Pavilion at this year's Venice Architecture Biennale showcases common cultural heritage shared between twin Mediterranean harbors, Istanbul and Venice. A large vessel called "a baştarda" built from waste materials in Istanbul was transported to Venice and installed at the pavilion as a symbol of cultural connections and transformation of borders.
The large ship measures 30 meters (98 feet) and weighs four tons. It was built from more than 500 pieces of reused materials, including seven kilometers (4.6 miles) of steel cable, wooden moulds, discarded furniture, signboards and boats found on site.
The design, curated by Feride Çiçekoğlu, Mehmet Kütükçüoğlu and Ertuğ Uçar, focuses on the concept of borders and ways in which these can be dissolved and transformed. After the Biennale closes next November, the structure will travel back to Istanbul, where it will become a centerpiece of a museum of arsenal.
Photos by Cemal Emden