The artwork winning the International Danube Art Master 2014 is entitled “Friends of the water” and was created from material found on river bank. The winning artist was Elena Gorobet from Gymnasium nr.19, v. Elizaveta, mun. Balti.
"Sometimes certain events reveal our real personality, the inner self,” says Ms Gorobet, as she elaborates on her motivation for creating the artwork, which she contributed through the Ecological Movement of Moldova. “The idea of the Friends of the Water appeared instantly because Water Is Life! Therefore it must be protected with all its ‘friends’ and ‘members’. Through my artwork ‘Friends of the Water”, I tried to represent the undeniable splendor of the water and of nature in general."
Danube Art Master is opened to children aged 6 to 16 from a school, NGO, day care centre or association in the Danube Basin to create their own 'environmental art' inspired by the mighty Danube and its tributaries. Every year, this ambitious 11-country competition jointly organized by the GWP Central and Eastern Europe and the International Commission for the Protection of the Danube River (ICPDR) unites thousands of children from across the Danube River Basin.
Eligible countries are Austria, Bosnia and Herzegovina, Bulgaria, Croatia, Hungary, Moldova, Romania, Serbia, Slovakia, Slovenia and Ukraine.
The competition comprises two levels: national and international. The former is carried out in each country and national winners selected to receive prizes. National prizes vary from country to country.
The idea is for students to be inspired by what they see and use materials found by the river to create works of art, preferably directly along its banks. This could mean sculptures, pictures, mosaics or collages made from material such as driftwood, stones or even rubbish dumped by the river.