Plzeň

  • installation date: October 30, 2014
  • address: Šafaříkovy sady, Plzeň, Czech Republic
  • photo (c) ČTK

“The Václav Havel’s Place could become an imaginary Greek Agora, a place where the private is recast as the public, a place where we make clear who we are, what we want and where we want to go, but also a place where we can simply take a break or meet somebody. If only people were to argue or dispute here in the spirit referred to, I think that Václav Havel would be glad!” the mayor of Plzeň, Martin Baxa, said at the unveiling of theVaclav Havel’s Place in Šafaříkovy sady, at which its creator Bořek Šípek and Vaclav Havel Library director Marta Smolíkova then sat.

Diary entry for 10 July 2005, To the Castle and Back

„I’ve run away. I’ve run away to Hrádeček. I’m here alone and I feel uneasy. Everything reminds me of the decades I’ve been through in this place. I like it here. It’s my refuge, my existential home, but again and again I realize there’s no going back, and that by now I’m not the same person I was when I wrote my plays, prepared my experimental meals, threw light-hearted parties, and organised secret dissident meetings. I’m older, sicker, wearier.“

Václav Havel:
Diary entry for 10 July 2005, To the Castle and Back, 2006

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