Nový Bor

  • installation date: November 19, 2014
  • address: náměstí Míru, Nový Bor, Česká republika
  • photo (c) Tomáš Lánský, 5plus2.cz

The Václav Havel’s Place was unveiled during the opening of a newly renovated part of the main square on a day of commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution. Alongside members of the general public, it was attended by representatives of the town of Nový Bor, the Liberec Region, the Chamber of Deputies of the Parliament of the Czech Republic and direct participants in the events of 1989. Bořek Šípek, creator of the Václav Havel’s Place project, also took part.

Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay

„Technology – that child of modern science, which in turn is a child of modern metaphysics – is out of humanity’s control, has ceased to serve us, has enslaved us and compelled us to participate in the preparation of our own destruction. And humanity can find no way out: we have no idea and no faith, and even less do we have a political conception to help us bring things back under human control. We look on helplessly as that coldly functioning machine we have created inevitably engulfs us, tearing us away from our natural affiliations (for instance, from our habitat in the widest sense of that word, including our habitat in the biosphere) just as it removes us from the experience of Being and casts us into the world of “existences”.“

Václav Havel:
Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay, October 1978

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