The Lagoon Monster

YEREBATAN CISTERN IS HOSTING A LEGENDARY MONSTER STARTING MARCH 3. THE LAGOON MONSTER SAID TO HAVE HAUNTED THE CANALS OF VENICE FOR YEARS IS COMING TO ISTANBUL.

It all started when Gianluca Orazio, who has devoted himself to water-related projects for years, recently decided to revive the legendary Lagoon Monster that has been rumored to haunt the canals of Venice for centuries. The project, which involves numerous people from different disciplines, was exhibited at the former cold storage depot at Cavallino in February of last year. According to legend, the monster is eight meters long with a dark, transparent body and slithers like a giant snake. Taking the legend as his point of departure, Orazio and his team, including an architect, a designer, an engineer and a glass expert, started building a monster with a metal skeleton and glass body and recreated the Lagoon Monster.

Now the monster has come to Turkey as part of the close to 40-project Orrizzonitaliani - 2012 events. It was introduced at a press conference with Italy’s Ambassador to Turkey in Ankara on February 1. The Lagoon Monster will be in Istanbul from March 3 to April 6 where visitors can see it at Yerebatan Cistern in the Old City.

MYSTERIOUS MONSTER
According to legend the Lagoon Monster was last spotted by two fishermen on the night of a new moon in 1933. Legend has it that the monster appeared rarely, only on moonless nights, concealing itself in high waves raised by the wind.