The 1980s became a beneficial decade for Swedish glass. Demand increased and a large amount of government funds were given to the glass industry. At the same time, the Swedish krona was also devalued, favoring the export of large quantities of glass products. The 1980s were also the decade when the studio glass got its breakthrough, the strong colors and geometric shapes made its mark and the concept of the Kingdom of Crystal was launched.
The exhibition is an international project of the AFAD (Academy of Fine Arts and Design) in Bratislava (The Slovak Republic). Thema of the show: An integration of free forms of painting and drawing on and into glass.
In the neon park located in Boda Glasbruk the results of the integration project “Hej!” in Emmaboda Municipality is shown. Different groups of people have contributed to the project: newly arrived refugees, residents of Boda Glasbruk, and active practitioners within the field of glass who have previously worked in Boda.