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Andrey and Julia Dashin’s Foundation unveils “Reclaimed Waters” art installation to combat sea pollution

The Andrey and Julia Dashin Foundation proudly unveiled “Reclaimed Waters: A Reflection on Sea Pollution,” a transformative 3.6 x 1.8m metal fish sculpture. This captivating art installation was displayed at the Warehouse by ITQuarter venue in Limassol during the second edition of the RE:SOURCE environmental art exhibition by the City Friends Club and the ARTNOW Agency. The exhibition, which opened its doors to visitors on May 17 and ran until May 21, featured over 30 Cypriot and international artists. 

Created by renowned artists Veronika Dubnytska and Prokopis Constantinou, the sculpture utilizes waste collected from Limassol’s coastline to depict marine life, highlighting the urgent issue of sea pollution. The materials, including plastics, old fishing nets, and rubber, showcase the fragility of our sea and the profound impact of human activity on marine ecosystems.

The initiative follows a successful corporate clean-up event led by the City Friends Club, with a donation from the Andrey and Julia Dashin Foundation and significant support from the Exinity Group team. Employees and their families united for this crucial mission, clearing the coast of litter, which was subsequently transformed into this meaningful art piece.

This initiative also featured a unique collaboration with fourth-grade students from Kolossi A’ Primary Public School. Under the guidance of Angela Chalkiopoulou, a teacher, educator, researcher of children’s literature, and creative director of “Little Odysseus,” the students contributed to the design elements of the artwork, offering their perspectives on environmental conservation through a storytelling workshop on sustainability.

Andrey and Julia Dashin, founders of the Andrey and Julia Dashin Foundation, stated, “We are proud to present ‘Reclaimed Waters,’ a project that fosters artistic expression while serving as a stark reminder of our environmental responsibilities. Engaging our community, particularly our youth, in sustainability efforts is crucial for building a sustainable future.”

As a proud sponsor of this exhibition, the Foundation encourages the community to reflect on individual actions to reduce environmental footprints. “Be part of the solution, not the pollution!” reads the slogan displayed in front of the sculpture, urging citizens to adopt sustainable practices in their daily lives. Through such collaborations and proactive engagement, the Foundation aims to tackle key societal challenges and enhance the quality of life across Cyprus.