The Art Shield is a spectacular temporary pavilion around Vörösmarty sculpture on Budapest's most highlighted Christmas Fair, protecting it from the damaging effect of winter’s frost and thaw. Known for its innovative temporary installations, Hello Wood Studio has approached the winterization of the monument with a fresh, contemporary view. Functionality served as their excuse to twist all our ideas of statue conservation and crown the monument with 10-metre-tall, spectacular steel pavilion of sacral overtones. The sculpture is located at the heart of the Vörösmarty tér, which has just emerged refreshed from renovation works. Here gets place one of Budapest’s foremost attractions, the annual Advent and Christmas Fair. This way the Vörösmarty monument and the pavilion together form the new gem of the square and the Christmas Fair setting the example for other public spaces in Europe. The Budapest Festival and Tourism Centre assigned Hello Wood to design and build a contemporary solution the pavilion, which goes against the established practice by protecting and highlighting the monument at the same time, allowing it to remain the jewel of the square all year round. The shape and floorplan of the Art Shield are adapted to the size of the 9-metre-tall monument and the elliptical design of the square. Its refined form is a clear point of reference in the bustle of the fair. Its structure and use of materials ensure that the pavilion highlighting and displaying the statue will remain an ethereal but determining feature of the square even after the Christmas Fair. The temporary installation will be dismantled at the end of the season; its elements can be reassembled in the square again next winter. The huge, arched structure owes its airy quality to its weatherproof steel sheets, while the transparent plexiglass facade protects it from the driving rain. Although this is Hello Wood’s first design that is mostly steel, it fits well with the studio’s previous works.
Art shield - Vörösmarty Pavilion details: Client: BFTK Budapest Festival and Tourism Centre (2019) on behalf of Mayor’s Office of Budapest Responsible for the cultural and tourist content of BFTK and project initiator: Teodóra Bán Designed & built by: Hello Wood Kft. Project architect: András Huszár Chief designer: Péter Pozsár Design architects: Tamás Fülöp, Péter Oravecz, Brückner Dóra Structural engineer: Gábor Cséfalvay Constructor: Gábor Bognár
Width: 14,15 m Depth: 9,00 m Height: 10,65 m Floor area: 112 m2