Sandstone, 150 x 60 x 60 cm
CANDAMARI (Lifeline) is now in the park of the academy and is sculpture no. 1 on the Cerda & Celtoi sculpture trail. From Zeynep Delibalta's large sandstone, a modern-day man seems to want to squeeze history (symbolised by a Celtic pattern) out of it. Delibalta explained her work in this way: people deal with their history in order to understand the present. Through the connection between yesterday and today, a meaning of life is created, which in turn gives life force. CANDAMARI stands symbolically for this bridge from Celtic times to our present.
Zeynep Delibalta (*1949 in Rize, Turkey, †2018 in Berlin, Germany) took part in the 2007 Cerda & Celtoi artists' symposium at the Europäische Akademie Otzenhausen as a representative of Turkey. A spirit of discovery and artistic talent spurred her on in her equally exciting and eventful life. Her dream of an artistic career was shattered when the Berlin Art Academy did not recognize her degree after her move from Turkey in 1970. After typical "guest worker jobs" in industry, she took her fate into her own hands at the end of the 1970s and opened a fashion studio, which was a great success. She also founded a culture café in 1987 and later the gallery "Wie bitte?".