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  • installation date: October 5, 2019
  • address: The Capuchin Terraces, Brno
  • photo: illustration photo

Since Saturday 5 October the Capuchin Terraces beneath the cathedral on Brno’s Petrov has been home to a Václav Havel’s Place. It was unveiled on the day that Václav Havel would have celebrated his 83rd birthday by the mayor of Brno, Markéta Vaňková, and Petr Oslzlý, who is rector of the Janáček Academy of Performing Arts and was a close friend of Havel’s. The site of the memorial was proposed by Oslzlý, who was previously a dramaturge and director at the theatre Divadlo Husa na provázku. “This spot is very closely connected with Václav Havel. Not only by the fact that it is connected to Divadlo Husa na provázku by Václav Havel Lane. The space also has powerful genius loci. It’s a spiritual place, and Václav Havel liked to come here on his visits to Brno,” Oslzlý said.

The Václav Havel’s Place is a memorial dedicated to Václav Havel. It comprises two chairs linked by a round table with a tree growing through its centre. The installation of Havel’s Places is a worldwide project that was initiated by the Czech ambassador to the US, Petr Gandalovič, and the architect and designer Bořek Šípek. The aim of the project is to create a network of places in public spaces that can contribute to meeting and the holding of genuine dialogue – places where it will be possible to conduct discussions and to reflect in the spirit of Václav Havel’s ideals and philosophy.