Sculpture Line
Prague 2021

Prague

The next SCULPTURE LINE festival will again introduce you to sculptures and art objects of leading home and international artists in the "open-air" gallery. Czech streets, squares and other public spaces will decorate dozens of fine artworks of famous and young artists from both, Czech and from abroad.

The purpose of the exhibition is to enhance and enrich the public space, to offer a new look to cities and to the works of art, both for the inhabitants and for the visitors.

We invite you to the streets. Join the Line, enjoy the Line!

01

Vítězné náměstí

Vítězné náměstí, Dejvice, Praha 6

Caterpillar of early capitalism

Kurt Gebauer *1941
steel, nylon net

The work was designed in 1997 for this place, where previously was a statue of Lenin as part of the event of the Center for Contemporary Art in response to the Bad Nation's Mood.

The caterpillar was realized in 2001 in Zlín on the occasion of the exhibition of Kurt Gebauer and his students from the Prague Academy of Arts, Design and Architecture. In 2003 it was exhibited on Wenceslas Square in Prague, then it was exhibited in the Mayrau open-air museum in Vinařice near Kladno.

The sculpture was previously installed in front of the Trade Fair Palace in 2020 during Kurt Gebauer's retrospective exhibition at the National Gallery in Prague. Now it arrived here, where the author originally intended it.

Subsequently, it should travel to Zlín for permanent installation on the square.

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02

The Dancing House

Jiráskovo nám. 1981/6, 120 00 Nové Město

Stele

Alexandra Koláčková *1964
high-fired clay

How to support the existence of this sculpture verbally?

According to the educational dictionary, the stela is a vertical stone panel or column, serving mainly as a monument. Mine is far from the monument. Even carved letters are not needed. It's more like a giant sprout playing with colors. It symbolizes the key to joy, a new life that waits hidden and after a time when everything around it looks like a hopeless wasteland, sprouts like nothing out of nowhere in full force.

A.Koláčková

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03

Empiria Tower

Na Strži, Praha 4 - Nusle

Jesus Christ Super Stealth

Stefan Milkov *1955
laminate with iron surface

Uninstalled

I am of the opinion that an artist, and above all a sculptor, should not describe and explain his work, as this deprives the viewer of the freedom and space to interpret and perceive the work in his or her own way.

However, to describe what was the motive for the creation of this sculpture, it is simple: It is an eternal contradiction of our Christian moral, peaceful code, and at the same time a constant need to develop ever more sophisticated weapons of mass destruction.

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04

Empiria Tower

Na Strži, Praha 4 - Nusle

Squeeze - Industrial I.

Jaroslav Róna *1957
glass concrete

The sculpture was made to order in 2015 to be placed in in a modernized industrial area near the Holešovice harbour which was rebuilt into an administrative-residential complex. Two concrete pedestals, each 4 meters long and 2 meters wide, were constructed in advance for two sculptures (the other one was designed by Stefan Milkov) and embedded into the ground. This meant that the sculpture had to match not only its industrial surroundings and the pre-installed pedestal size, but the other sculpture as well. However, the project did not materialize and remained in the virtual model and visualisation stage. Sometime later, I was approached to create a sculpture for a very similar environment in the Šárka Valley which was also rebuilt — only this time the area was purely residential. I used the already designed Squeeze - Industrial sculpture which was a perfect fit for the location. The sculpture, comprising geometric and biomorphic shapes, evokes a feeling of compression — squeezing. To get the basic idea of the shape, I used an old photograph of a crashed hot-air balloon.

I also assumed that in a residential area the sculpture would serve as an object for children to engage with and play various games around, and I adjusted the shapes accordingly — so that it could be scaled safely and still encourage imagination. The sculpture in the Šárka Valley has a reddish colour of a fired brick, as a reminder that area had been previously occupied by a brickyard. The two-connected-spheres shape gives an impression of expanding and dominating a large space. I later created a second, black-grey cast for open-space exhibitions.

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05

Janáčkovo nábřeží

Janáčkovo nábřeží, Praha 5 - Smíchov, 15000

Tower for Jan Palach

Václav Fiala *1955
iron

I like to dedicate my sculptures to someone. They are often my favourite architects, writers, philosophers, or poets. Sometimes I dedicate them to places, events or feelings, and moods.

From the very beginning, I made this sculpture with the thoughts of Jan Palach. I started working on it on 19 January 2019, at the time of the fiftieth anniversary of his self-sacrifice (11 August 1948 – 19 January 1969). The event was reminded from all points of view on the radio. It was not possible to do anything else...

The invitation to the exhibition “Celebrating 30 Years of Freedom”, the intent of which was to remind Sydney, Australia, that our country has already been free for thirty years, came at a time when I was working on the Tower for Jan Palach. The organizers accepted the offered statue and used it as a motif of the whole exhibition. My conception of the statue standing on the very edge of a cliff above the ocean with only the blue surface and the endless sky behind was fulfilled. Therefore, it happened that the ocean and the sky were part of the statue and enhanced its mission.

After the exhibition, the organizers decided to move the Tower for Jan Palach 4,000 km to Western Australia to the amazing Cottesloe Beach near Perth. The intention of the installation was brought to even greater perfection there as the statue was placed on a narrow stone cape stretched out deeply to the sea. The accompanying text clarified everywhere who Jan Palach was.

However, I was attracted by the idea of placing the statue in Klatovy as well.

By the time the Tower for Jan Palach sets out to another pilgrimage, it was standing on the site of the statue of the communist president Antonín Zápotocký, with the towers of our city in the background.

 

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06
07

Vltava river

Vltava

-273,15 °C

Jiří David

uninstalled

(absolute zero, at which all particle motion stops)

Art is in its superposition, that is, it is and is not existing due to an external observer whose sense perception determines how it really is. It exists or takes place in a process at a certain point only on the basis of probability after it is observed...

When, therefore, we are no longer sure whether art is alive (has meaning) or dead (has lost its meaning), we are not sure what is or is not in the container (i.e., in a kind of capsule or shell of mutual agreement, a vault, but especially an incubator).

Whether it remains forever hermetically sealed in absolute zero (impregnable, uninhabitable) for the environment(perceiver, observer), leaving only ideas present, or unfulfilled expectations, desires, space for metaphorical sharing? Or does it ever manage to be reasonably opened and its contents seen revived? But is it not completely empty from the beginning, pretending to be full, to be fulfilled, to be meaningful?

To whom is it addressed, where is it going?

Is the hoisted white flag really a sign, a present symbol of final defeat, collapse, surrender, a sign of death, or is it, on the contrary, a tactical manoeuvre into the future? In other words, is what we are seeing, and precisely because we are seeing it, art in process? Probably yes, for art capitulates and thus necessarily simultaneously emerges. This conscious, or controlled, capitulation makes contemporary art present not only within the anthropological vision of the observer's subject. When, in a closed space, subsets of form with changing shapes emerge independently, which then stage speculative illusions, traces of parallel activities in desires for intense proximities. This is followed by a time of a priori visibility, i.e. the presence of art at its centre.

 

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