Welcome to Between Two Seas
“Between Two Seas” is a four-day walking route in the near west of Istanbul, between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea, which allows one to experience the threatening transformation of Istanbul on foot. The total length of the trail is 60 kilometres. The route composed of four 15-kilometre parts can also be covered over four separate days.
Layer by layer, the route progresses from the outermost periphery of the city to its centre. It passes through rural and forest areas, and water basins to reach the centre of the city. The trajectory passes through lignite mines, the area earmarked for the new airport, the road leading to the 3rd Bosphorus Bridge, excavation dump sites, industrial sites and housing areas, and also sites of cultural and historical significance such as the Yarımburgaz Cave, which is the oldest settlement in Istanbul, and inner-city vegetable gardens.
“Between two seas” is both a proposal and an invitation. It is an action that celebrates the rhythm of walking which opens the soul to perceive the world. And this action is perhaps the most ‘auspicious project’ that will open a ‘passage’ between the Black Sea and the Marmara Sea.
*Between Two Seas is initiated by Serkan Taycan. Supported by 13th Istanbul Biennial.