World’s longest painting of Danube River crosses region to spread environmental message
Mario Kümmel, Project Manager of #ArtofDanube project, tells us more:
Why is the world’s longest painting of the Danube significant?
The acrylic painting presents the Danube River’s unique and wonderful landscapes as well as its endangered animals and plants. The painting took Ana Tudor three years to complete. WWF-Serbia helped with information about endangered species depicted in the painting.
Why did you decide to use this approach to reach people?
I think the painting itself already shows how wonderful nature along the Danube is and how important it is to protect it. We decided to use the painting for our project, because art is a different way to reach people. Art has the potential to reach people who maybe can’t be reached through a regular campaign. But we also want to continue to be a platform for local artists and environmental groups who are connected to the Danube.
What is your message?
Our message is “see how amazing nature along the Danube is”, and our goal is to show how important it is to protect it and to keep its diversity.
Where can we see the painting – which countries and cities do you pass?
We have had exhibitions and events in Germany, Austria, Hungary, Bulgaria and Romania. Our next stops are Galati, Braila, Vukovar and Belgrade. We started on the 8th of July in Donaueschingen at the source of the Danube and our last exhibition was in Belgrade and took place on the 11th of August.
What other activities do you have, related to the Danube River?
During our project and the exhibitions, we have had workshops, film screenings, nature walks, live concerts and other events.
We are impressed with how many interesting and involved people we have met along the Danube and how many beautiful places we have visited.
All dates, information and pictures of our exhibitions can be seen on the official website: https://artofdanube.org/
About Association for Wildlife Protection:
AWP is a non-profit organization established in 2011 in Germany, whose primary goal is to protect endangered animals. They organize and support conservation projects worldwide, many of them in collaboration with WWF.