Zvuky Prahy / Sounds of Prague

terénní nahrávky, zvukové umění, rádio, zvukové procházky
field recordings, sound art, radio, sound walks

Bells on the piazzetta on the Václav Havel Square

Creator: milos (Miloš Vojtěchovský)
Submitted: 2020-03-23
Recorded: 2020-03-22
Licence: Creative Commons Licence
Download: piazetta.mp3

In October 2016, Adriana Krnáčová the former Mayor of Prague, stated: “I believe that this space perfectly represents what Havel sought. a place for meeting, discussion, free thinking and humanity”. On that occasion, Kurt Gebauer clung to the stone wall of the theater a life-size statue of a red, as inflatable heart dedicated to Havel. Around it are in the pavement embedded more, made from iron bars. These symbolize a prison where V.H. spent a total 5 years. Fans can write and send their messages to the former president.

The space of the piazzetta of the National Theater was designed by brutalist architect Karel Prager as part of the New Stage project. The building, which was nicknamed in the 80's "half-liter" or "accumulate heating" because of its glass facade , stands on the site of the former Choura (also Kaura) houses built between 1844-48. They blocked the southern facades of Národní Street between the theater and the Saint Voršilsa monastery. In the 1950s, their condition was reported to be bed, and in 1959 the municipality decided to demolish it.

The bell sounded today from the turret of the nearby monastery of Saint Voršila unusually clear, accompanied by a steady rumbling of a lonesome skater and sometimes humming of almost empty trams.