Ata Ice Museum, which was designed as part of the New Generation University Design and Transformation Project and started to be built with the support of the Northeast Anatolian Development Agency (KUDAKA), was opened on July 15, Democracy and National Unity Day.
In addition to Ataturk University Rector Prof. Ömer Çomaklı Erzurum Governor Okay Memiş, Erzurum Metropolitan Municipality Mayor Mehmet Sekmen and city's civil, administrative, military and judicial representatives participated in the opening ceremony of Ice Museum, where Maan Ice exhibition is also included that the sculptures made of ice that portray the epic struggle against the treacherous coup attempt of FETO's July 15.
Rector Çomaklı “Our Museum Will Take Its Place Among Attraction Centers”
Rector Prof. Ömer ÇOMAKLI who took the stage to make the opening speech of the program, said that they carry the desire of keeping alive the memory of the history of this grave that remains frozen in our memory of July 15th with Maan Ice Exhibition located at ATA Ice Museum which is the only ice museum of Turkey.
Çomaklı, who continued his speech with the expressions: “We have chosen to open our museum on this date in order to remember the importance of the indivisible integrity of the homeland, the ambush of the enemy, the power of unity and solidarity by drawing lessons from what happened, and to convey this to the next generations with the liveliness of that day”. In addition to the 400 square meter exhibition area with 16 ice mold machines, the production machine is of great importance for the production of ice by the systems in the museum and the design and display of these workshops, in order for students of the Faculty of Fine Arts to study and perform artistic activities. At the same time, I sincerely believe that Ata Ice Museum, which offers visitors a visual feast with sound, light and music, will take its place among the attractions of Erzurum.”
Mayor Sekmen: "Ata Ice Museum May Our City Be Good"
Erzurum Metropolitan Mayor Mehmet Sekmen, who started his speech by stating that our country has eliminated a very serious coup attempt by stopping one and together, said that our nation went to the street at the expense of their lives, with the call of President Recep Tayyip Erdoğan.
Stating that the exhibition, which was opened by Atatürk University and where ice sculptures take place in memory of July 15, will continue to keep this epic struggle alive in the memories, President Sekmen continued his speech as follows: Our universities can now compete with the world by raising young people to keep up with the age. I believe that the Atatürk Ice Museum, which was opened, will also allow the emergence of contemporary art works, and I hope that our museum will be beneficial for our city and our country, especially our university, and I hope that it will lead many other artistic activities.”
Governor Okay Memiş: “I am Proud of Atatürk University”
Expressing that he is proud of the achievements of Atatürk University since the day he took office, Erzurum Governor Okay Memiş emphasized that it is very important both for his academic success and for his integration with the citizens and the city.
Okay Memis expresses that it makes more meaningful the opening ceremony that it opens July 15th and has works describing July 15th Democracy and National Unity Day. He emphasized that the country faced with unprecedented treachery in the history of this country on July 15th, but as it is all in Turkey Erzurum did not give the opportunity to this treacherous coup attempt because Nenehatun's grandchildren said stop to this terrorist organization.
Memiş said that he was pleased that such an important work was opened in Erzurum. He thanked everyone who contributed by expressing his heartfelt belief that the museum opened under the leadership of Ömer Çomaklı would suit Erzurum.
The program ended with a visit to the Maan Ice exhibition after the opening speeches.
Ata Ice Museum Awaits Visitors
Ata Ice Museum, which is the only ice museum in Turkey and opened on July 15th Democracy and National Unity Day, will be waiting for visitors on weekdays between the office hours each day. In the museum, where the places where you can have a rest and tea break, the guests will be able to visit the exhibition called "Maân", which means "together" in old Turkish.