In 2018, the third Hybridart Camp was held with the theme "The Universal Sea". The sculpture group, made of 10,000 recycled aluminium cans, was prepared over a period of 10 days and is designed to draw attention to the importance of protecting our natural waters. The enormous public space installation was designed by students and fresh graduates from Hungarian, Czech, Polish, Slovak and Emirate art universities. The team of 12 was led by the sculptor, Gergő Kovách.
Hybridart Management launched the Hybridart Camp International Creative Camp in 2016 in collaboration with the Abu Dhabi based Etihad Modern Art Gallery. The 10-day long art camp was themed the “Circle of Life” and was hosted by Benedictine Abbey of Pannonhalma. The camp was led by sculptors, Gergő Kovách and György Szász, and art students from the Visegrád countries and the UAE attended. As a result of the joint work of the 10-member teams, a 4-meter-high dinosaur-shaped installation was built using more than 4,000 plastic PET bottles of the Benedictine Abbey’s Vis Vitais mineral water. Last year, the International Hybridart Art Camp was held in the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter of Pécs, and focused on the theme of Upcycling Art. The 2.5 meters tall, 4 meters long horse heads installation was made from 8,000 aluminium cans.
Hybridart Camp will take place once again in 2018 with the theme: “The Universal Sea”. The installation, using more than 10,000 recycled aluminium cans, depicts different types of fish and will aim to draw attention to the importance of saving and conserving the wildlife of our waters, oceans and seas. Graduate students of Hungarian, Czech, Polish, Slovak and Emirate art universities participated together in creating the giant public space installation. The 13-member team’s work was headed by sculptor Gergő Kovách.
The theme of the annually organized camp is to display and showcase the spirit of conscious consumption and the spirit of sustainability through fine art. The raw materials used for the works will be selected accordingly. This year’s statue was made from recycled aluminium cans. The installation was created in the spirit of environmental awareness and upcycling, that is re-utilization. In essence, re-utilization means, that an item that we no longer need is given a new function, with minimal energy consumption, making it part of our environment in its new, creative form. The huge fishes are covered with pressed aluminium containers, which refer to the importance of the selective collection of aluminium tins, especially, since these empty, pressed containers can be collected, stored and recycled very efficiently.
The statue can be seen at the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter in Pécs throughout August, while in September, within the framework of the annual Art Moments Festival for visual arts, it will be on display in Budapest, followed by an exhibition in Abu Dhabi and finally in Dubai.
Artists participating in the program:
Shaikha alDhaheri (Zayed University, Abu Dhabi), Tamás Dani (University of Pécs), Marianka Grabska (Center for Polish Sculpture in Orońsko), Yea-eun Jang (Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague), Bence Krisztián (University of Pécs) , Viktor Kováč (Academy of Fine Arts and Design in Bratislava), Adrienn Molnár (University of Kaposvár), Gergő Nagy (Hungarian Academy of Fine Arts), Minami Nishinaga (Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague), Veronika Posta (University of Pécs) Rezai Amin, László Vajna (University of Szeged)
In 2018, the creative camp was hosted by the University of Pécs and the Zsolnay Cultural Quarter, with the support of the Visegrád Fund, Henkel and Inter Metal.