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Kemal TufanTHE KEEL

Kemal Tufan
TURKey (1962)

THE KEEL, 2001-2022
volcanic lava

This monumental sculpture attracts and surprises in the centre of the Park due to its size, sturdiness and anthracite color, and creates a strong contrast with the green of the forest that frames it. What, at first glance, may appear to be the charred skeleton of a large dinosaur, later appears to be what it actually represents: the remains of a large ship. On the other hand, the sea and ships or sea life are a recurring motif in the Turkish artist’s work, given his daily proximity to the Sea of Marmara, in Istanbul.
Made with volcanic lava, The Keel evokes the idea of natural cycles of decay, transformation and rebirth; recalling the destructive power of the sea or volcanoes, as for the destruction of Pompeii. But it also lends itself to a variety of diversified readings, connected to the idea of the ship, of sea voyages, connecting space and time and even recalling mythological journeys such as Noah’s Ark, or that of Charon across the river Styx, or even Ulysses’ journey lasting twenty years after the destruction of Troy.
In creating his sculptural language, Tufan aims to relate objects in unexpected combinations to find and provoke ironies and contrasts: in The Keel the artistic transformation of lava into a new form of existence within the vital context of the Park evokes a sense of regeneration and optimism, stimulates the spectator’s curiosity and the comparison with the imagination and sense of humour. The incongruity of finding a similar object in the heart of the Chianti forest only increases the visitor’s sense of surprise.

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Kemal Tufan
TURKey (1962)


Kemal Tufan was born in 1962 in Silivri, Istanbul, Turkey. In 1985 he graduated from the Industrial Engineering Department of the Technical University of Istanbul and in 1994 he graduated from the Sculpture Department of the Mimar Sinan University in Istanbul. From 1989 to 1991 Kemal has participated in modern dance and Turkish folk-dance groups as choreographer, decorator and folk dancer.
Since 1993 he attended many international sculpture symposiums and biennales all over the world and created large outdoor sculptures in Turkey, Finland, Romania, Holland, Slovakia, Czech Republic, Denmark, Portugal, China, Argentina, Sweden, Korea, Brazil, Chile, Egypt, Bahrain, Germany, Italy and many other countries. For his work he uses natural materials such as stone, marble, granite, wood and metal. Since 2000 he also started making videos and performances. Kemal Tufan is the curator of Yesemek Bienal (2005-2007) and from 2002 until 2012 Buyukcekmece (Istanbul) International Sculpture Symposiums.



By paved road from Siena, take the SP408 to Ponte a Bozzone. Turn left at the church and follow the signs for Pievasciata / Sculpture Park. We are about 15 km from Siena.


The walk round the Park is about 1,5 km and it is suitable for baby buggies and wheelchair users. Upon request we offer a tour of the Park in an electric buggy for those with mobility issues. Contact us for further information.


Open every day (including Sundays and holidays) from 10am to 6pm. Last entry one hour before closing.

Tickets: €10 adults | € 5 reduced – under 18 yrs | Free 0-4 yrs

Booking is not necessary. The Chianti Sculpture Park APP – available for free on Apple Store and Google Play Store – is an excellent audio guide!


Groups of more than 12 people are asked to book entry in advance, to facilitate organisation.

Guided tours are available in Italian and English upon reservation.


The visit to the Park lasts an hour and a half on average and it is absolutely suitable for children! Our four-legged friends are welcome providing they are kept on a lead and any ‘deposits’ are removed! The park does not have a restaurant, but we will be happy to recommend some restaurants that can be reached by car in a few minutes. A picnic area is available.

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Strada provinciale 9, 48
53019 Pievasciata - Castelnuovo Berardenga (Si)
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