Krásná Lípa

  • installation date: November 17, 2015
  • address: Lípa Resort, Křinické nám. 7/12, Krásná Lípa, Czech Republic
  • photo (c) Ivo Šafus / Výběžek.eu

The Václav Havel’s Place was unveiled in connection with the 26th anniversary of the Velvet Revolution, with former Prague Castle chancellor Ivo Mathé representing the Václav Havel Library at the ceremony. The aim of the worldwide project is to create a network of places in the public space that can encourage meetings and the holding of genuine dialogue – places where it will be possible to debate and reflect in the spirit of the ideals and philosophy of Václav Havel.

Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay

„Technology – that child of modern science, which in turn is a child of modern metaphysics – is out of humanity’s control, has ceased to serve us, has enslaved us and compelled us to participate in the preparation of our own destruction. And humanity can find no way out: we have no idea and no faith, and even less do we have a political conception to help us bring things back under human control. We look on helplessly as that coldly functioning machine we have created inevitably engulfs us, tearing us away from our natural affiliations (for instance, from our habitat in the widest sense of that word, including our habitat in the biosphere) just as it removes us from the experience of Being and casts us into the world of “existences”.“

Václav Havel:
Power of the Powerless – samizdat essay, October 1978

Václav Havel’s Prague