His interest in metals started as a small boy watching the activities in the engineering and fabricating shop near where he lived. From this early exposure he formed a life long desire to make things with his hands. While at secondary school, he was able to work part time in his brothers business, which made electrical equipment used in the photographic and small crucibles for melting metals used in the jewelry making industry.
When Fatih enrolled in art school these earlier influences steered him into the more practical aspects of the course, and he found himself drawn to sculpture. His talents were recognized by one of the lecturers who was also a sculptor and he enlisted Fatih and one other student to help him complete a large work, which took 9 months to complete. The work consisted of a curved wall 100 meters long and 3.5 m high. Each section 1m wide had to have the design molded in clay first, then in plaster which was then used to provide the pattern for the finished panel. This was cut into stone using a pantograph to guide the cutting, which was done by hand using chisels. A very dirty dusty job Fatih remembers, but a life changing experience he would not have missed.
|A paper model gives an idea of the finished work|
|Fatih Semiz with his work|
The group was most appreciative of the time Fatih took to show his works and in the unassuming way he explained and presented his work.