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.

Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter

„If I consider the problem as that which the world is turning me into – that is, as a tiny screw in a giant machine, deprived of human identity – then there is really nothing I can do. Obviously I cannot put a stop to the destruction of the globe, the growing stupidity of nations and the repoduction of thousands of new thermonuclear bombs. If, however, I consider it as that which each of us originally is, or rahter what each of us – irrespective of the state of the world – has the basic potential to become, which is to say an autonomous human being, capable of acting responsibly to and for the world, then of course there is a great deal I can do.“

Václav Havel:
Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter, March 6, 1982

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