Antonín Kašpar completed his studies at the Secondary School of Applied Art in Turnov, branch – artist
blacksmith, later on at the Secondary School of Applied Art in Prague, branch – wood carver; in 1982,
he graduated from the Academy of Arts, Architecture and Design in Prague. The author is represented
in many public as well as private collections all over the world (e.g. the U.S., Russia, Japan, Germany,
Finland, England, Denmark, the Netherlands) and in the Czech Republic. Antonín Kašpar regularly
organizes exhibitions in the Czech Republic and abroad.
Crosses pointing in one direction
Six steel pianos from whose top sections inclined crosses protrude are taken out from the original 10-piece installation titled “Honour for JB”. Now, the author perceives the sculptures as matter for expressing his ideas by their various grouping or arranging in any number. For installation at Krakonoš Square in Trutnov, Antonín Kašpar chose 6 pieces of these pianos and placed them in a line, so that each one stands exactly in the middle of a square in coloured stone paving. This “regiment” of pianos bridges the area of the Square with imaginary arcs of energy coming from the inclined crosses.
Why the crosses? The author uses this symbol fairly often in his work. He understands it not only as a part of Christianity, but also as a basic point of birth, created by crossing two lines, as an original symbol for expressions: You – Me, She – He, She – It, Yin and Yang, etc. Antonín Kašpar often creates the so-called Double Sculptures or Multiple Sculptures. He explains: “If I only create one sculpture, I can walk around it. But if I create two or more sculptures, I or the viewer can get inside the sculpture, become its part for a moment and perceive the energies with which the objects act on each other.”