Günce / Uzantılar

13 June 2021, Dilara:

Eda has left for continuing the project in Istanbul, and I’ve taken over the Luzern part. The first thing that caught my attention when I walked along Lucerne waterfronts was the various extensions from the land, which reflects the fact that it is water that you can swim in. While in Istanbul the border between the land and the water mostly acts as separation, it is quite opposite in Lucerne: more like connecting elements that motivate you to get in the water.

Sometimes these extensions are in the form of steps linking the ground level to the water slightly, and sometimes stairs or a cat ladder that directly jumps into. The form of the extensions is quite determinant on how people act around it. For instance, the steps mostly serve as a sitting area where you can put your feet in the water as well, and the cat ladder is a direct way to the down.

These extensions are not only man-made but also the trees cannot resist the charm of the water and extend their arms to it, which creates a unique story about how people behave in the fast flow: when they get in the water from the cat ladder or stairs, sometimes they use the tree branches to hold and slow down, sometimes for climbing up. Both extensions of man-made and trees work together for a joyful swimming experience.

Sometimes when you look at the water's surface, it is possible to see many heads, especially like the third one in this post. Using the water as a kind of public transportation is fun and also useful.

How would it be if these extensions existed in İdealtepe shores and created their own behavior around them? Let’s think with an absurd collage.

İstanbul and Lucerne photos are taken by Dilara.