Zvuky Prahy / Sounds of Prague

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

We are Going Up

Creator: milos (Miloš Vojtěchovský)
Submitted: 2019-11-08
Recorded: 2019-11-08
Licence: Creative Commons Licence
Download: petrinedit.mp3

When Adolf Hitler looked from the courtyard of the Castle on Prague on March 15, 1939, it is said, that he didn't liked the Prague Eifel tower on the Petřín hill. He ordered Albert Speer not to include the erected construction in the planned project of rebuilding of Petřín where the vast university campus designed by Professor Dieze Brandi supposed to be established. Finally, the Nazis did not have time to demolish the building. It would be not so easy: the tower has 11 meters deep foundations, 63.5 meters of steel structure and weight of 175 tons. The core of the construction is an octagonal tube with a lift; around are two spiral stairs with 299 steps - one for walking up, the other for walking down. The total height of the tower is 65.5 m and the upper plateau is at a height of 55 meters above ground. With good visibility conditions one can see Milešovka, Říp, Brdy or Bezděz.

The piece is dedicated to Polish filmmaker Józef Robakowski, whose 1973 film "Idę" I recalled while recorded our way up. Climbing the stairs supposed to be healthy for your heart.