Cagri Kanver With Olivier Vidal


This summer 2023, in cooperation with Cagri Kanver the GAD Foundation is presenting the sculptural work of architect and sculptor Gokhan Avcioglu for the first time in New York with the installation of the ARTIMUS sculpture in Easthampton, New York at El Turco Hamptons.  

The GAD Foundation brings this important sculptural installation to the contemporary art scene in the Hamptons introducing concepts of advanced computational form making with digital fabrication. ARTIMUS is the ancient Anatolian Luwian goddess of nature originating from the Bronze Age Luwian people, 2500-1200 BC of Western Anatolia in present day Turkey. 

Gokhan Avcioglu draws inspiration from nature and the deities from ancient Anatolia to reintroduce a new notion of nature and form through archaic tendencies mixed with advanced forms in this statue ARTIMUS. The ARTIMUS installation is intended to work in the natural setting of sea and forest in the Hamptons to add new innovative forms to the environment through the end of 2023.

It is here in the power of natural forms that the Artimus Sculpture by Gokhan Avcioglu with its biophilic forms for public sculpture for Easthampton creates a new idea of art. Inspired by the Ancient Lydian God, Artimus, the Goddess of nature, childbirth and wildlife, this Sculpture with innovative minimal surface forms unified a fundamental concept in art, architecture and design, and their application can lead to more meaningful public sculpture in tune with nature and natural settings. 

Gokhan Avcioglu commenting on ARTIMUS, “I have a deep appreciation for the beauty and power of minimal surface sculptures. I believe that these sculptures represent a unique form of artistic expression, one that celebrates simplicity, elegance, and the natural forms found in our world. 

Minimal surface sculptures are a true test of an architect's creativity and technical skill. They require a deep understanding of form and materials, and a relentless pursuit of simplicity and elegance. The process of creating a minimal surface sculpture is a journey of discovery, as the design evolves and takes shape. 

As an extension of my architecture in my work as a sculptor, I strive to create minimal surface sculptures that are both aesthetically pleasing and thought-provoking. I believe that the beauty of these sculptures lies in their ability to evoke emotions and inspire contemplation. Whether I am working with aluminum, bronze, or other materials, I aim to create pieces that are not only beautiful but also meaningful, inspiring people to consider their relationship to the environment and to one another. 

For me, the process of creating a minimal surface sculpture is both challenging and rewarding. It requires a deep understanding of form, a mastery of materials and construction techniques, and a commitment to excellence. But when it is complete, it is a source of pride and satisfaction, a testament to the power of art and architecture to shape our world. 

In conclusion, I believe that minimal surface sculptures have a unique place in the world of art and architecture. They are a celebration of simplicity, elegance, and the natural forms found in our world. That is why I have decided to name it ARTIMUS after our Bronze Age god ARTIMUS from Anatolia and the ancient deities that once inspired human civilization. I am committed to creating sculptures that are beautiful, meaningful, and impactful, and that will stand the test of time. I believe ARTIMUS is one of them.” 

El Turco Hamptons: 


44 Three Mile Harbor Road, East Hampton, NY 11937 


Monday to Thursday: 5:00 p.m. to 10:00 p.m. for dinner service

Friday and Saturday: 5:00 p.m. to 11:00 p.m. for dinner service

Sunday: Closed

Photo Courtesy Of Lawlor Media Group / Vital NYC