„The Universal Sea: Pure or Plastic?!” is an art and innovation project with three intertwined goals: Rediscovering the role of the artist in our society, revealing the opportunities of art meeting entrepreneurship, while fostering creative solutions to fight the issue of water pollution.

The project aims at supporting a movement of change-makers. It is about joining forces and providing inspiration to find, develop and spread sustainable solutions against this major anthropogenic problem of plastic waste. We believe that art can be a catalyst for change, while entrepreneurship enables the long-term success.

There are many ways to become part of this movement: participate in actions and events; get inspired by art, stories and great initiatives; contribute by sharing your art, knowledge, solutions and ideas; and show your commitment by joining our community.

The Universal Sea – Pure or Plastic?! YOUR CHOICE, YOUR ACTION!

The project is organized by:

Stiftung Entrepreneurship, Berlin/ Germany


The Foundation of Entrepreneurship works together with numerous international and European organisations such as the UNESCO Global Action Programme on Education for Sustainable Development, United Nations Global Compact – PRME Initiative, Commonwealth Youth Council, European Youth Press and many others. Through these international collaborations, the foundation provides the experience and the know-how to implement a project on a European and international level. The Foundation for Entrepreneurship (Stiftung Entrepreneurship – Faltin Stiftung) aims at fostering a positive environment for the culture of entrepreneurship worldwide. Entrepreneurship is a perspective on human activity that seeks to bring creativity and courage, imagination and initiative, to the tasks of starting and running business ventures and social organizations.

Centrum Rzezby Polskiej w Oronsku, Oronsko/ Poland


The Center of Polish Sculpture in Orońsko has its site in a village called Orońsko, 120 km south of Poland’s capital Warsaw. The singular institution is devoted entirely to the creation, exhibition, and documentation of Polish and international sculpture. Its broad mandate encompasses a wide range of programs, including artists’ studios, galleries, a museum, and a 12-hectare sculpture park.

Each year, over 200 Polish and foreign artists use the Orońsko venue for artistic residency. Additionally many artistic workshops, academic open-air events, thematic seminars and exhibitions of contemporary art are being held. The Art Center provides artists with excellent conditions for creating sculptures in diverse materials: stone, wood, metal, clay, plastics and all kind of workshop facilities. Workshops run by specialists help with the realization of monumental and small-scale projects.

The cultural tradition of the art-site Orońsko originated in the middle of 19th century. Succeeding owners of the manor – Christiani, the Pruszaks and Brandts, cultivated it. Józef Brandt, an outstanding Polish painter following the historical-genre tradition, was connected with the 5th circle of Munich Academy.  He was tied with Orońsko through a marriage with the estate owner Helena Pruszak. In Brandt`s times, Orońsko was transformed into an artistic colony called the Free Orońsko Academy. The present history started with creative stays and an open-air exhibition of artists in 1965. Soon the Department of Sculptor’s Creative Work was founded. Since 1981 the Center of Polish Sculpture has been functioning as a state institution subordinated to the Ministry of Art and Culture.

Hybridart Management, Budapest/ Hungary


Hybrid Art Management has been working in the field of contemporary visual art since 2005 with the objective of venturing beyond classical forms of the art scene and bringing Hungarian and international contemporary art and design closer to the wider public.

Since 2010 they have been organizing ART MOMENTS, a series of events in visual arts to bring cutting-edge contemporary art closer to the public of several European cities by placing artworks in public areas. Their art program, Zenith Art Exchange was initiated in 2013, in order to make it possible for Hungarian artists to present themselves abroad, and for foreign artists to get a chance for their debut in Hungary. In 2016 the program was supported by e.g. Contemporary Art Platform Kuwait, Quatar Museums Authority, Abu Dhabi Hub, and The Cartel Dubai. A highlight was the co-creation of a 4m high sculpture as a symbol of recycling and eco-consciousness by students of Hungarian, Slovak, Czech and Emirati art universities.

In 2017 Hybrid Art Management opened its project space, Hybridart Space in the heart of Budapest.

In cooperation with

EUCC-D, Rostock/ Germany


The EUCC is a non-profit organization with a membership of around 500 institutions, NGOs and experts, in 40 countries. Its network at large involves about 2500 professionals involved in coastal and marine management issues. Founded in 1989 with the aim of promoting coastal management by bridging the gap between scientists, environmentalists, site managers, planners and policymakers, it has grown into the largest network of coastal practitioners and experts in Europe, with 13 national branches, an International Secretariat in Leiden (Netherlands), and offices in Barcelona (Spain), Biarritz (France), Warnemünde (Germany), Szczecin (Poland), Klaipeda (Lithuania) and Sliema (Malta). EUCC’s working area is Europe and its neighboring regions. Its mission has evolved throughout years of activity and currently is dedicated to conserving and maintaining healthy seas and attractive coasts for both people and nature; and that people can enjoy these environments in a socially safe and sound way as well

And contributing associated partners

  • University of Flensburg, Germany/Denmark
  • doku.tech, Kosovo
  • PSJM, CAAM, Spain

The project was initiated by The Institute for Art and Innovation that explores and promotes art and innovation as a means to foster social impact and change. www.art-innovation.org

Meet our Team

Steffen Illner
Nicole Loeser
Activist, Expert
Róza Tekla Szilágyi
Viktoria Trosien
Entrepreneur, Activist, Expert
Tiziana Destino
Mareen Jedro
Kristina Okan
Russian Federation
Eleonora Bidiville