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Utopian kingdom

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Reconnecting with nature
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NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS AWARDS: existing completed examples
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Utopian kingdom
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A utopian kingdom, a country where I'd like to fly

The artist Radu Stefan creates a universe of superimposed layers and paper relief to give life to works that enchant the eye and create a magical effect characteristic of his 3D light&shadow  boxes.

The city, nature and architectural utopia are the subjects he most often tackles in this work. He regularly presents his work on the Belgian and international art scene and has twice received the PRIX DU PUBLIC for his work.

What was the geographical scope of your project?
Does your project address mainly urban or rural issues?
Mainly urban
Does your project refer to a physical transformation of the built environment or other types of transformations?
It refers to other types of transformations ('soft investment')
Has your project benefited from EU programmes or funds?
Has your project won an EU prize?
Your project is fully completed?
When was your project implemented?
How did you hear about the New European Bauhaus Prizes ?
Word of mouth (colleagues, friends …)
On whose behalf are you submitting the application?
As an individual
Please provide a summary of your project

(French to English translation)

"A utopian kingdom, a country where I'd like to fly

Is a creative art project, based on my work and ready to be exhibited according to the program.
It is an artist's vision that can accompany the big New European Bauhaus project with a physical exhibition of recent and not so recent works.
The works are Cut Out 3D light & shadow boxes of various sizes.
The subject is in harmony with the requested themes: sustainability and aesthetics.

The works: A mixed technique with superimposed layers for the creation of the relief scene and a play of LED-lights on some works.
Relatively unknown to the public, this 3D Cut Out technique plunges the spectator into a fantastic, imaginary world, a world of childhood, often with a story to tell and details to discover.

The sometimes unexpected aspect in these works of representing cities where buildings, factories, skyscrapers, cables, trees with their roots and vegetation are piled up, is the result of observation and reflection on our very complex and sometimes unusual organizational structures in society.
The work aims to be an aesthetic and fascinating representation of the human adventure on or under the Earth

According to my vision, man must integrate harmoniously into the environment and space in which he evolves.
Through its visual and conceptual construction, the work incites the viewer to a search for a metaphysical and spiritual nature in the fact that man no longer seeks to dominate others, but to open up and connect with his environment: nature.
The mysteries of the city, seemingly unusual and phantasmagorical, reveal themselves to any sincere seeker.

This relationship between man, the city and nature can be compared, among other things, to the inseparable relationship between mother and fetus.
The work shows a poetic look that is easy to understand.

Please indicate the main themes of your project with 5 key words
urban univers
Please give information about the key objectives of your project in terms of sustainability (including circularity) and how these have been met.
Please highlight how the project can be exemplary in this context

The project is related to the theme requested by N.E.B. But it remains an artistic project of harmonization of humanity and nature.

Please give information about the key objectives of your project in terms of aesthetics and quality of experience beyond functionality and how these have been met.
Please highlight how the project can be exemplary in this context

The objectives of the project are the realization of an exhibition - or several exhibitions - based on my work Cut Out 3D light & shadow boxes.
And the creation of a permanent work for NEW EUROPEAN BAUHAUS. Project to be defined later.

Please give information about the key objectives of your project in terms of inclusion (equal opportunities, public participation, citizen engagement, co-design, universal design, accessibility, affordability, etc.) and how these have been met.
Please highlight how the project can be exemplary in this context

It is a project created only by myself, alone, without the participation of other people. The artists, you know.....

Please explain how these three dimensions have been combined in your project.
Please highlight how this approach can be exemplary

It is an artistic project, a vision of a city where nature reclaims its rights, where it sometimes imposes itself, an urban universe that gives hope for an improved quality of life.

Please give information on the results/impacts achieved by your project in relation to the category you apply for

There is no search for the realisation of concrete projects, to build or construct a district or a city in a different way. The aim is utopian, visual, artistic. Art does not always have a useful or usable purpose. It is art, poetry, fantasy, utopia.

Please explain how citizens and civil society were involved in the in the design and/or implementation of the project.
Please also explain the benefits that derived from their involvement.

.... Dream, look at the creations, fly, smile, there is nothing else to do in this project... except in collaboration with other artists. Who knows?

Please explain what kind of global challenges the project addressed by providing local solutions

In utopia everything is allowed, even the most uncertain dreams. Fortunately my world is positive, with chances and hope

Please highlight the innovative character of the project as compared to mainstream practices in the field of the project.

....In art everything is possible... Even to dream and hope

Please explain to the potential of transferring the projects’ results or learnings to other interested parties and contexts.
Please provide clear documentation, communication of methodology and principles in this context.

I declare that I own all copyrights and give my permission for the use of the images of the works in this NEB project or other projects on this theme. Radu Stefan Poleac

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