Open-air sculptures in Prague's Vršovice district repurpose found wood

The new work, made of driftwood, symbolizes the loneliness and isolation that one can feel in a crowded city. Staff

Written by Staff Published on 30.03.2023 14:00:00 (updated on 30.03.2023) Reading time: 1 minute

One small park in Prague hosts the open-air ProLuka art gallery. People passing through Bezručovy sady in Prague’s Vršovice district can see the cryptically named . . . _ _ _ . . . by sculptor Lukáš Procházka.

Most new exhibitions have an official opening, and this one will too. The artist will personally present his piece in the park on Thursday, March 30, at 6 p.m. But if you can’t make it to the opening, the work will be out in the open for the coming months.

The exhibition is held under the auspices of 4+4 Days in Motion (4+4 dny v pohybu) festival of contemporary art, which this year takes place from May 11 to 21 in and around Erpet Centrum in Smíchov. The former 1980s-era sports center will present works by over 60 artists from across the Czech Republic. The 28th edition of the festival has the subtitle Scene of the Crime.

Adrift in an urban setting

Procházka’s sculpture is composed of collected driftwood that washed up from a river. This wood quietly tells the story of its journey from one place to another. The piece looks like it was made by a castaway trying to save himself from a deserted island by attracting the attention of pilots in passing airplanes.

In this case, however, the sign is in an urban area. Instead of pilots, it is aimed at attracting the attention of people in the surrounding apartment buildings.

The work reflects the paradoxical nature of big cities, where there is a high concentration of people, but one can still easily find oneself in a lonely situation.

The main themes of Procházka’s work are observation and intervention in public space, where he mainly notices ephemeral phenomena.  

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