An Evaluation of Sadi Calik Statues in Eskisehir

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ART-SANAT, vol.16, pp.31-54, 2021 (ESCI) identifier identifier

  • Publication Type: Article / Article
  • Volume: 16
  • Publication Date: 2021
  • Doi Number: 10.26650/artsanat.2021.16.0002
  • Journal Name: ART-SANAT
  • Journal Indexes: Emerging Sources Citation Index (ESCI), Scopus, TR DİZİN (ULAKBİM)
  • Page Numbers: pp.31-54
  • Keywords: Eskisehir, Ataturk statues, Sadi Calik, statue, Anadolu University
  • Anadolu University Affiliated: Yes


Ataturk sculptures have been installed since the proclamation of the republic. They are important symbolic monuments that represent the modern side of Turkey and its people's gratitude to their leader. Sadi Calik, an important artist of 1960's and 1970's, worked as an educator and sculptor. He attempted to make individualist and original Ataturk monuments, as seen in his sculptures in different city squares. His originality and individualism can also be seen in the different characteristics of the Ataturk sculptures in Akhisar, Ayvalik, Bandirma, Batman, Bitlis, Burdur, Edremit, Erzincan, Eskisehir, Diyarbakir 3rd Air Force Base, Middle East Technical University, and Anadolu University. This study provides information on his unpublicized works, Monument of Ataturk and Youth in front of the Eskisehir Governorship and Ataturk Sculpture on the Yunus Emre Campus of Anadolu University. These monuments are similar in terms of the selection and harmony of materials and their technical features. This study also incorporates news about the monuments from the newspaper Sakarya, memoirs of Prof. Dr. Yilmaz Buyukersen, and some models in the collection of the Museum of Contemporary Arts in Anadolu University.