The “One With Nature” World of Hunting and Nature Exhibition will open on 25 September, and it will be the biggest nature exhibition of 2021, dealing with a wide range of topics, such as hunting, the protection of nature, aquatic habitats, nature conservation, biodiversity, and the sustainable use of nature. The event has so far cost 77 billion forints (~EUR 220.812.872), and one of the main attractions will be a massive gate made of ten tonnes of deer antlers.
In addition to dioramas, films, displays of live animals, and special trophies, the “One With Nature” Exhibition will also showcase and employ the latest technology to present the above-mentioned topics to the general public and relevant specialist audiences. The main event of the exhibition will be held at HUNGEXPO in Budapest from 25 September to 14 October. In addition to this, there will be several other venues outside the capital, including Hatvan, Gödöllő, Keszthely, and Vásárosnamény. The exhibition’s most important message is that sustainable hunting is key to nature economy.
It was revealed at the end of March that the government would make a 16-metre-high, 20-metre-wide gate of ten tonnes of deer antlers (which will later be exhibited at a prominent tourist site) for the exhibition, writes 24.hu. Made by sculptor Miklós Gábor Szőke, this monumental work and especially its price have caused quite a stir among politicians and the public.
This attraction will cost 240 million forints (~EUR 688.557).
Olivio Kocsis-Cake, a member of the Dialogue for Hungary party, responded to this news in a Facebook post, commenting on government priorities in a state of health and economic crisis.
The question of whether fewer antlers would have been enough arises. Miklós Gábor Szőke told Index that first, he designed the shape of the gate, and then he started to experiment with 1 tonne of antlers to estimate the final volume. He argued that he would not have been able to give the gate a proper deer form with less material. Many people believed that a great number of deers have to be killed for the construction of the gate, but the sculptor explained that hunting associations were constantly collecting antlers in the forests.
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