Dublin

Havel's place Dublin

  • installation date: December 10, 2013
  • address: Park Sv. Patricka, Dublin, Ireland
  • foto: © Bill Shipsey

A Havel’s Place was ceremonially unveiled in St. Patrick’s Park in Dublin on Tuesday 10 December 2013. Lord Mayor Oisín Quinn and the Czech ambassador to Ireland, Tomáš Kafka, participated in the ceremony, which was also attended by Václav Havel Library representatives Marta Smolíková and Jan Macháček.

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 initiated by the Czech ambassador to the US, Petr Gandalovič, and the architect and designer Bořek Šípek. The aim of the project, which is coordinated and implemented by the Václav Havel Library, 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.

The first ever Havel’s Place was ceremonially unveiled at Georgetown University in Washington, D.C. on 3 October 2013 in the presence of Dagmar Havlová. The Irish city of Dublin boasts the first Havel’s Place in Europe, thanks to Bill Shipsey, director of the organisation Art for Amnesty. 

A Word about Words – samizdat essay

„Besides, to be wary of words and of the horrors that might slumber inconspicuously within them – isn’t this, after all, the true vocation of the intellectual? I recall that André Glucksmann once spoke in Prague about the need for intellectuals to emulate Cassandra: to listen carefully to the words of the powerful, to be watchful of them, to forewarn them of their danger, and to proclaim their dire implications or the evil they might invoke.“

Václav Havel:
A Word about Words – samizdat essay, July 25, 1989

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