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.

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

Just Because I AmPavel Juráček: From the Life of a Buffoon