Černošice

  • address: Centrum Vráž, Černošice
  • installation date: Sept. 25, 2016
  • photo (c) Vaclav Havel Library

On Sunday 25 September a Václav Havel’s Place was ceremonially unveiled on the grounds of Centrum Vráž in Černošice, which was initiated by investor Mr. Michael Pánek. The speakers at the unveiling ceremony were Minister of Culture Daniel Herman, senator and one-time director of the Press Office of the Office of the President Jiří Oberfalzer, deputy chairman of the Confederation of Political Prisoners František Šedivý and deputy mayor of Dobřichovice Michael Pánek. The ceremony was accompanied by an exhibition of photographs of Václav Havel that was co-organised by the Václav Havel Library.

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 Václav Havel’s Places is a worldwide project 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 hold discussions and reflect in the spirit of the ideals and philosophy of Václav Havel.

Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter

„I am a child of the age of conceptual, rather than mystical, thought and therefore my god as well – if I am compelled to speak of him (which I do very unwillingly) – must appear as something terribly abstract, vague and unattractive. But it appears so only to someone I try to tell about him – the experience itself is quite vivid, intimate and particular, perhaps (…) more lively than for someone whose “normal” God is provided with all the appropriate attributes (which oddly enough can alienate more often than drawing one closer). And something else that is typical of my god: he is a master of waiting, and in doing so he frequently unnerves me. It is as though he set up various possibilities around me and then waited silently to see what I would do. (…) His Last Judgment is taking place now, continuously, always – and yet it is always the last: nothing that has happened can ever un-happen, everything remains in the “memory of Being” – and I too remain there – condemned to be with myself till the end of time – just as I am and just as I make myself.“

Václav Havel:
Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter, August 7, 1980

Václav Havel’s Prague