Prague-Vršovice railway station

Founded in the early 1880s. In 2002-2008, the neoclassical station building from 1899 was renovated. As part of the modernisation of the station, a long-awaited underpass connecting Vršovice with Nusle was recently opened. Near the station, towards Bohdalec hill, are the Sedmidomky and Na Slatinách workers’ colonies.

Petr Stibral
Monument to the garden colony of Slatiny

Petr Stibral is interested in the possibilities of sculptural interventions in specific urban and natural spaces. These can be visual metaphors of a poetic nature, but in recent years he has focused more on themes with a strong social content. For his current installation, he has chosen a park between the Prague-Vršovice railway station and a nearby tram stop. He has created an archetype of a simple wooden hut with the silhouette of a mature tree as a monument to the disappearing phenomenon of garden settlements. These have existed in Prague since the late 19th century, and undoubtedly add to the diversity of the urban organism. Not far from the Vršovice railway station, towards Bohdalec hill, are the former shanty settlements of Sedmidomky and Slatiny, now functioning as garden colonies, places where the homeless live, but also homes for the descendants of the original inhabitants from the 1920s and 1930s. Both sites have a unique historical/environmental value. The recent decision to upgrade the Slatiny area has introduced the risk of the permanent loss of yet another green space within the metropolitan area. Although such “wild” areas can be accommodated inventively as part of modernisation, they usually disappear irretrievably due to the developers’ desire to maximise the number of office buildings and the number of so-called residents. Petr Stibral’s monument is also his general comment on the concept of metropolitan space – he does not support its perception as a source of profit but rather honours the “right to the city” of those who live in it (Petr Gibas; he has long been focusing on the topic of garden settlements in Prague).

Implementation team

Artistic director:
Čestmír Suška

Curators:
Dagmar Šubrtová and Iva Mladičová

Manager of production:
Ivana Vodičková

PR:
Klára Sofie Střihavková

Production:
Dan Toman, Josefína Frýbová,
Jarka Janíčková

Technical manager:
Martin Pertl

Grafic design:
Jáchym Moravec and David Babka

Web:
Simona Sušková

Special thanks to:
Miroslav Bílek, Blanka Němcová, Vojtěch Pollák, Richard Janeček, Matěj Remeš, Rebeka Široká, Matyáš Kořínek, Vladislav Tesárek – Kladenský pivovar

Patronage

The patronage of the m3 Festival was kindly accepted by:

Mgr. Milan Volf
Mayor of Kladno

Doc. Ing. arch. Petr Hlaváček
Deputy head of the city of Prague

MgA. Hana Třeštíková
Councilor of the city of Prague

Czech Chamber of Architects

MgA. David Kašpar
Deputy Mayor of District P10

Mgr. Ondřej Kolář
Mayor of District P6

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