Černošice

  • address: Centrum Vráž, Černošice
  • installation date: Sept. 25, 2016
  • photo (c) Vaclav Havel Library

On Sunday 25 September a Václav Havel’s Place was ceremonially unveiled on the grounds of Centrum Vráž in Černošice, which was initiated by investor Mr. Michael Pánek. The speakers at the unveiling ceremony were Minister of Culture Daniel Herman, senator and one-time director of the Press Office of the Office of the President Jiří Oberfalzer, deputy chairman of the Confederation of Political Prisoners František Šedivý and deputy mayor of Dobřichovice Michael Pánek. The ceremony was accompanied by an exhibition of photographs of Václav Havel that was co-organised by the Václav Havel Library.

Václav Havel’s Place is a memorial dedicated to Václav Havel. It comprises two chairs linked by a round table with a tree growing through its centre. The installation of Václav Havel’s Places is a worldwide project initiated by the Czech ambassador to the US, Petr Gandalovič, and the architect and designer Bořek Šípek. The aim of the project is to create a network of places in public spaces that can contribute to meeting and the holding of genuine dialogue – places where it will be possible to hold discussions and reflect in the spirit of the ideals and philosophy of Václav Havel.

Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter

„Once you’re here, however, whether you want to or not, you have to ask the question: does all of this have a meaning, and if so, what?… Ultimately, I can only find an answer – a positive answer – within myself, in my general faith in the meaning of things, in my hope. What, in fact, is man responsible to? What does he relate to? What is the final horizon of his actions, the absolute vanishing point of everything he does, the undeceivable “memory of Being”, the conscience of the world and the final “court of appeal”? What is the decisive standard of measurement, the background or the field of each of his existential experiences? And likewise, what is the most important witness or the secret sharer in his daily conversations with himself, the thing that – regardless of what situation he has been thrown into – he incessantly inquires after, depends upon, and toward which his actions are directed, the thing that, in its omniscience and incorruptibility, both haunts and saves him, the only thing he can trust in and strive for? “

Václav Havel:
Letters to Olga – essays written in prison, letter, August 7, 1980

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