suckerPUNCH: Describe your project.
paul BROADBENT: Roll Up! Roll Up! Welcome to a park of fun, magic and entertainment!
Be it the frame of a door, TV screen or picture frame—framing devices order the world in which we live.
Here, on the east-side of the Istanbul, an under-visited Opera House in a scrappy part of town is reimagined as a magical landscape of dream and mystery.
The existing Süreyya Opera House is re-invented—the traditional “black box auditorium” is smashed to pieces, doing away with a traditional two-dimensional scenery fly tower and replaced with a new scenery park that engages with the city itself.
We fuse technical constructs with a theatrical narrative, through the story of Karagöz and Havicat, two characters in a traditional Turkish Shadow puppetry. Sculptural elements manifest themselves from scenes within traditional Turkish shadow plays.
The existing garden becomes an active public sculpture park, a theatrical landscape of strange objects and peculiar artefacts. The park takes us on a theatrical journey between multiple identities through visual trickery, volume and shadow.
On the towns existing tram tracks, two wooden shadow puppets meander the site and the city on a combination of new and existing tram tracks, luring in audiences and creating theatrical happenstance.
Enter this park and you’ll wonder if the show is up or down, left or right. If the lights go out, it’s touchy-feely. We have a furry wall, a spotty bar, a fabric sand-dune and a forest of shadow sticks.
So what are you waiting for? Come in and explore!
sP: What or who influenced this project?:
pB: Jean Tinguely, Diego Velázquez, Diller Scofidio + Renfro Architects, & Neil M. Denari Architects.
sP: What were you reading/listening to/watching while developing this project?:
pB: Oasis, Paul Weller, Primal Scream, and The Rolling Stones.
sP: Whose work is currently on your radar?:
pB: I am inspired by the work of Article 25, an architectural charity committed to making positive change in the world’s toughest communities. I have recently completed a 40-mile Olympic bike raise to raise money for this great cause!