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REMOVED: Klícová socha / The Key Sculpture (Prague)
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member Dorcadion Team
N 50° 05.259 E 014° 25.147
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Quick Description: On Tuesday 9th March, at 11am in Franz Kafka Square in Old Town Prague, we finally discovered what artist Jirí David’s six metre sculpture made from 85 000 steel keys actually looks like...
Location: Hlavní město Praha, Czechia
Date Posted: 3/9/2010 10:11:19 AM
Waymark Code: WM8BZE
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member JIMBOBWE
Views: 227

Long Description:

NOTE: After several months at this location was Key Sculpture moved to another town (Brno, Olomouc, Ostrava...) in September 26, 2010.


"The Key Sculpture (Klícová socha) represents a personal polemic on development within the Czech Republic in the last 20 years. Of course, it’s neither a celebratory monument nor simply a critical piece. The sculpture expresses the ambivalence I feel when I look at present-day society and politics..." (Jirí David, artist)

While Jirí David was making the sculpture people were invited to make suggestions, on the project website, of a site for the giant sculpture. This "voting" was very popular and attracted a total of 8673 suggestions for places all over the country and even abroad. Although Prague was the statistical winner, the inhabitants of several other cities and regions also expressed interest, so there is now a possibility of a "mini-tour" by the sculpture around cities in Bohemia and Moravia. The precise end of the statue’s stay in Franz Kafka Square therefore depends on this "mini-tour". However, it is certain that the sculpture will stand in Prague for several months before it begins its travels. Full information and current details are available here.

The creation of the key sculpture was supported by the Vodafone company, which organised a public collection of keys on the occasion of the 20th anniversary of 17th November 1989. During October and November people brought a total of 85 741 keys to Vodafone branches throughout the Czech Republic, creating the biggest collection of keys in the world.

Jirí David has played a significant role in creating the form and atmosphere of Czech art since the late 1980s. With their free use of signs and political symbols, his paintings distinctly shaped the post-modern program at the turn of the 1980s and 90s when he also began working with installations and written texts reflecting the position of the artist and art in society. In the 1980s he was a co-founder of the Tvrdohlaví (Hard-headed) group. Apart from the aforementioned installations in public places he has also received great acclaim outside the Czech Republic, for example for his photographic exhibitions Skryté podoby (Hidden Image) or Bez soucitu (No Compassion). In a survey of art experts conducted last year Jirí David was declared the most influential artist of the last 20 years. In a survey of art experts conducted last year Jirí David was declared the most influential Czech artist of the last 20 years.

[taken from Praha.eu]

After several month at this location was Key Sculpture moved to Olomouc in September 26, 2010.

Title: Klíčová socha / The Key Sculpture

Artist: Jiří David

Media (materials) used: steel keys and steel

Location (specific park, transit center, library, etc.): public space - city square

Date of creation or placement: 9th March 2010

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