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.

Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay

„The overall question, then, is this: What profound intellectual and moral impotence will the nation suffer tomorrow, following the castration of its culture today? I fear that the baneful effects on society will outlast by many years the particular political interests that gave rise to them. So much more guilty, in the eyes of history, are those who have sacrificed the country’s spiritual future for the sake of their present power interests.“

Václav Havel:
Letter to Gustáv Husák – samizdat essay, April 8, 1975

Ivan Krastev: Europe's FutureVáclav Havel’s Prague